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Cohen: Redistricting could cost Jewish voters

A new plan to redraw voting district lines could cost Rep. Steve Cohen some voter support. He says one area that could change is the Poplar Corridor and for Cohen, who is Jewish, that could mean the loss of a loyal Jewish voter base. A new plan to redraw voting district lines could cost Rep. Steve Cohen some voter support. He says one area that could change is the Poplar Corridor and for Cohen, who is Jewish, that could mean the loss of a loyal Jewish voter base.

(WMC-TV) – A new plan to redraw voting district lines could cost Rep. Steve Cohen some voter support. He says one area that could change is the Poplar Corridor and for Cohen, who is Jewish, that could mean the loss of a loyal Jewish voter base.

Cohen received applause during his announcement of HUD's "Continuum of Care Grant" at MIFA headquarters Tuesday. The grant will provide millions of dollars to help homeless people in the Mid-South.

For Cohen, it was another day of serving his constituent base, a base the three term congressman is afraid will change if the Tennessee legislature passes a new redistricting plan.

"It's not the way it's supposed to work," said Cohen.

He claims the plan legislators are considering would take the Poplar Corridor area out of his district and strip him of the large number of Jewish voters who live in that area and have supported him in the past.

"I mean the Jewish community in this city is only about 10,000 people and I would guess that there are about 7,500 in the district in that area that's being taken out," he said.

Cohen said the redistricting will take a hunk of his district and put it under the jurisdiction of Rep. Stephen Fincher's 8th Congressional District.

Cohen claims that if the proposed redistricting is approved, he'll lose the Poplar Corridor and instead become congressman further north to areas that include Cordova and Millington. He said that while he doesn't mind gaining those northern areas, losing voters in East Memphis and how that might affect the upcoming election has him worried.

Cohen plans to fight the redistricting plan and said no matter what happens he feels he has enough votes to win reelection.

The redistricting plan would also affect Rep. Marsha Blackburn.

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