(CNN) - As embattled New York Rep. Anthony Weiner resigns Thursday, questions about the future of the 9th Congressional District of New York hang in the balance.
The 9th District, which includes Brooklyn and Queens in New York City, has been Weiner's home district for the past seven terms-roughly thirteen years. Brooklyn was the staging ground for his resignation announcement Thursday. But after Weiner has left the House chamber for good, someone is elected to fill his seat for the remainder of his seventh-term, and 2012 elections approach, will the district still exist?
The 2010 U.S. Census revealed a population shift for the state of New York. In response to that shift, the state will undergo redistricting with a loss of two seats in the House of Representatives.
Typically, leadership in the state will draw new district lines in favor of the governing party, or to deal a blow to the opposing party. Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo will approve the redistricting effort in New York.
Weiner, who was re-elected with 61 percent of the vote in 2010, has been the beneficiary of a district that remained solidly Democratic. And as a result, it may be on the chopping block, since its loss is unlikely to significantly affect Democrats or provide a boost to Republicans.
Sources told CNN in early June that the expected redistricting effort in New York will deliver the loss of a Republican seat upstate and a Democratic seat downstate. With the escalation of Weiner's sexting scandal and his resignation, the 9th District will remain in limbo until a new congressman is elected through a special election called by the governor. But after that, it may fade altogether.
CNN's Dana Bash contributed to this report.