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8:53 pm
Mon September 26, 2011

Analysis: NM Redistricting Replays 2001 Battle

SANTA FE, N.M. – Democratic divisions in the House doomed chances for the Legislature to approve a plan for revamping the boundaries of New Mexico's congressional districts.

The Legislature ended a special session this weekend without the House and Senate agreeing on a congressional redistricting plan. But in the end, it may not matter.

A court almost certainly will determine the makeup of congressional districts. That's what happened a decade ago.

Even if the Democratic-controlled Legislature had passed a plan during the special session and sent it to Republican Gov. Susana Martinez, there's a strong chance the governor would veto a Democratic-backed plan and the dispute would have ended up in court anyway.

Evidence of that is the solid GOP opposition to a congressional redistricting plan passed by the Senate.