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Redistricting May Be the Roadblock to Boebert’s Re-Election

Redistricting May Be the Roadblock to Boebert’s Re-Election

Controversial Rep. Lauren Boebert (Q-CO) may not have the easiest path to re-election in 2022. Boebert received a setback on Friday after a non-partisan redistricting committee shoved her home into a much more liberal district.

Ironically, redistricting is usually meant to help get more Republicans elected and re-elected. However, Colorado’s nonpartisan redistricting commission has proposed a congressional map that would create a new swing seat in the northern Denver suburbs, putting Boebert into a challenge for the Boulder-based solidly Democratic seat currently held by liberal Rep. Joe Neguse. The proposed new congressional map keeps the four Democratic seats relatively safe, as well as preserving three as solidly Republican. It would add a new swing seat — the 8th Congressional District — running from Adams County to Greeley, an area that voted Democratic by 1.9 percentage points in last year’s Senate election.

The map proposal will be followed by a series of hearings, along with a map of state legislative districts. Both may change significantly in the weeks to come, as the commission races to meet an end-of-the-month deadline to approve maps.

Democrats see the map as an improvement over the initial map, which had a similar partisan division. This one splits the conservative Western Slope into two separate districts. Grand Junction and below stay in the 3rd Congressional District, now stretching out to the southeastern plains, Pueblo and Huerfano County. Boebert currently represents that district, but her home in Garfield County would now go into a reshaped 2nd Congressional District — represented by Neguse — that stretches to the Wyoming border with most of its population in the liberal bastions of Boulder and Fort Collins.

Boebert now has the option to move south back into her district or even run for her seat there from her home next door if she didn’t want to face the liberal voters of the new district. If she doesn’t pack up and move, she faces a nearly impossible task of getting re-elected in the newer and bluer district.

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