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Grayson won't comment on Redistricting

  Congressman Alan Grayson would not comment on the first propsal from the state to redraw congressional district lines.   Grayson, a Democrat,  is seeking  re-election in 2012 in one of the two new districts the state picked up after the 2010 census.   Mr. Grayson filed to run in Florida's 26th district but said he may change after the final lines are drawn.    The Senate's proposal,  released Monday,  shows district 26 on the West Central part of the state surrounding  The Villages.   An area that includes parts of Marion,  Sumter and Lake Counties known to support Republicans.    A statement issued by Grayson's  campaign says  "The Congressman will not be commenting on the Senate's plan.   It is too early in the process.   The House still needs to release its version, and the two need to be reconciled. "   Mr. Grayson lost the Distric 8 seat  in 2010 to Republican Dan Webster.

  The House has not said when it will release its proposal on redistricting, but the State Legislature will need to finalize the new districts early next year.  A final vote is expected in February.

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