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New Mexico Governor Approves 3 District Congressional Map

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SANTA FE, NM (AP) – The Democratic governor of New Mexico on Friday signed legislation to redraw the state’s three congressional districts and divide a conservative stronghold into multiple districts over Republicans’ objections.

Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham, a former three-term congresswoman, said on Friday that the new congressional map establishes a “reasonable baseline for a competitive federal election, in which no party or candidate can claim an unfair advantage.” .

Consultants to the Legislative Assembly say the new congressional card gives Democrats an advantage in all three districts to varying degrees, depending on past voting behavior.

Republicans need a net gain of five seats in 2022 to take control of the United States House and effectively freeze President Joe Biden’s agenda on everything from climate change to the economy.

The State’s 2nd Southern District has historically been dominated by Republicans. GOP Representative Yvette Herrell, a staunch supporter of former President Donald Trump, won the district in 2020 by ousting a Democrat to a term.

According to the new district map, District 2 would incorporate the heavily Hispanic neighborhoods of Albuquerque and cede portions of an oil-producing region in southeastern New Mexico. These changes also have political implications for first-term U.S. Democratic representatives Melanie Stansbury of Albuquerque and Teresa Leger Fernandez of Santa Fe.

State Senate Majority Leader Peter Wirth said the districts unite both urban and rural residents.

“The new congressional map creates districts where we must work together – rural and urban, north and south, and Democrats, Republicans and independents. It’s a good thing, ”Wirth said in a statement.

On Thursday, the Democratic-led New Mexico State Senate approved a new map for its own political boundaries that embraces recommendations from Native American communities to strengthen Native voting blocs in the Northwest. State.

Republicans opposed the Senate redistribution bill that would pit two incumbent Republican senators against each other in the same district for the next electoral cycle. The bill was transferred to the House on Friday.

Democratic State Senator Shannon Pinto, a member of the Navajo Nation of Tohatchi, described her vote for the bill as a gesture of appreciation for the sovereign tribal nations and the state legislature.

“With this vote, I think there is a table there where we can sit and no one is higher than the other,” said Pinto, whose grandfather was a Navajo code speaker. during World War II and served in the state legislature until his death in 2019. “With this vote, the voices of the forgotten are not silenced. … I believe that one day there will be justice for all.