RICHMOND, Va.—A controversial plan to redraw district lines in the State Senate will face a test on Wednesday in the House of Delegates. And Democrats are trying to hold Republicans' feet to the fire.
The surprise plan came out of the Senate on the day of President Obama's inauguration.
When Democrat Henry Marsh travelled to Washington for the ceremony, Republicans took advantage of his absence to pass the redistricting plan.
Tuesday morning, Democratic Senator Ralph Northam delivered petitions with 14-thousand names, encouraging Governor McDonnell to veto the bill if it reaches his desk.
"This redistricting plan brought back the contention and the divisiveness that we all experienced last year," Northam told reporters, "so hopefully we can get this out of the way and move forward in a positive direction."
Republicans say a major benefit of the plan is a new district in southern Virginia that will have a majority of minority voters. Democrats say the plan was really designed to strengthen the political prospects of Republicans in many other districts across the state.