Seven state congressional districts altered in new map

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BRADENTON, Fla. -- State lawmakers beat their Friday deadline to approve a new map for Florida's congressional districts.

The new map alters 7 of the state's congressional districts, after a judge ruled that those districts were drawn illegally to benefit Republicans.

The changes would make two seats slightly more competitive for Democrats, but it's not certain the new districts will change Congressional delegation. Republicans currently hold a 17-10 edge.

State Senator Bill Galvano tells ABC 7 that the changes will have little effect on Manatee and Sarasota counties. He also says the expansion of District 17 adds about a thousand voters.

The new districts may not be in place before the 2016 elections.

ABC 7's Bobeth Yates will have more on this story tonight on ABC 7 News.

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