Colorado Supreme Court Approves New Map of Congress

On Monday, the Colorado Supreme Court unanimously approved a new Congressional map for the state that adds a competitive House district for the 2022 midterm elections.

The map, which was approved by the state’s redistricting commission and boosts the number of House seats from seven to eight, will likely boost Colorado’s current sitting representatives and create an eighth district that will likely house one of the Closest House races in 2022..

It also represents the first time Colorado maps were drawn by its 12-member redistricting body.

“[T]This year has marked a milestone for congressional redistricting in Colorado, ”Judge Mónica Márquez wrote in the decision. “For the first time, the state congressional district map is not the product of politics or litigation; instead, it is the product of public opinion, transparent deliberation, and compromise among twelve ordinary voters who represent the diversity of our state. “

The newly formed eighth congressional district expands north from Denver through Thornton to Greeley in Weld County and includes a section of Loveland. About a third are Hispanic.

Underscoring the competitiveness of the new district, it is the only one of eight drawings that both parties would have won in recent history in state contests.

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The new district will give Democrats just a 1.3 percent lead, based on previous election results.

Colorado’s other seven seats are divided between four Democrats and three Republicans. All of them face what are expected to be relatively easy re-election campaigns with the new maps.

The new district has attracted several Hispanic candidates, including Adams County Commissioner Chaz Tedesco and State Representative Yadira Caraveo (D).

The approval of the new maps marks the culmination of the 2020 census results, which found that Colorado grew by approximately 750,000 residents over the past decade, far more than the 721,715 residents needed to add a new district.

Still, the new map faces criticism from those who say the new district dilutes the voting power of Hispanics by including them in white voters who could vote against candidates favored by Latinos. Critics had also pushed for the creation of more competitive districts.

“The Plan will surely not please everyone, but again, the question before us is not whether the Commission adopted a perfect redistricting plan or even the ‘best’ of the proposed alternatives,” Márquez wrote, arguing that the panel redistricting did not conflict. of the state constitution.

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