Republican Neil Parrott, left, is running against Democrat David Trone for the 6th congressional District seat in Maryland. (Campaign Website Photos)

It may be harder this time around for the U.S. Rep. David Trone to keep his seat representing Maryland’s 6th congressional District against Republican challenger and state Del. Neil Parrott. In 2020, Trone beat Parrott for the seat by a 20 percentage point margin when the district was solidly Democratic. It still ‘leans Democratic’ even after new lines were drawn this year, according to the University of Virginia Center for Politics.

In December 2021, Parrott and a national conservative organization Judicial Watch filed a lawsuit over newly drawn congressional districts in Maryland trying to ensure the 6th District included the northern half of Frederick County, which trends more conservative.

In October 2020, there were 231,285 eligible active voters registered as Democrats, 150,393 Republicans, 7,444 third-party voters and 113,175 unaffiliated voters in Maryland’s 6th congressional District.

As of Oct. 22, that district has 207,072 eligible active voters registered as Democrats, 173,886 Republicans, 7,937 third-party voters and 120,662 unaffiliated voters in the 6th District.

In the past two years, the 6th District gained 23,493 eligible active voters registered as Republicans and lost 24,213 Democrats.

House Republicans see the 6th District as the only competitive race in Maryland, one that can flip red and count toward a potential majority in the House of Representatives.

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