The proposed maps would tint the neighborhoods of Nevada Swing in blue | Nevada News
By SAM METZ, AP / Report for America
CARSON CITY, Nevada (AP) – A new congressional district map presented to Nevada on Tuesday proposes changes that could make the state’s two battlefield districts more democratic for the next decade.
The map – which legislative leaders have said they intend to present in a special session that has yet to be scheduled – takes off parts of the state’s safest Democratic district and adds Democratic voters to both districts that have traded hands between parties in the past.
The proposal could help Democrats in their efforts to defend their nine-seat majority in the U.S. House of Representatives and reduce the amount of campaign funds parties have previously funneled to competitive Las Vegas-area districts.
It would extend southward the 1st rectangular Nevada congressional district, a blue-lipped urban strip of Las Vegas that Rep. Dina Titus won by 28.4 percentage points last year. In return, he would incorporate parts of his former zone into the state’s 3rd and 4th competitive districts.
Both Democrats and Republicans have won and lost these seats over the past decade, which have at times been some of the most expensive and competitive competitions in the country. Democratic Representatives Steven Horsford and Susie Lee are both on the list of 70 House Democrats that the Congressional Republican National Committee intends to target in 2022.
The proposal swaps parts of southwest Las Vegas in the Titus neighborhood with Henderson and Boulder City in Lee’s. Horsford would expand further towards central Las Vegas in exchange for areas on the Arizona line.
Democrats hold a 1.9 percentage point advantage in the 3rd Congressional District of Nevada and 7.8 percentage points in the 4th Congressional District. The battlefields have hundreds of thousands of voters registered as non-partisan.
The proposed map – which relies on the approval of the Democratic-controlled legislature and Gov. Steve Sisolak – extends the Democrats’ advantage over Republicans to 8.2 percentage points in Nevada 3rd District and 13.4 percentage points in the 4th arrondissement of the state.
The maps were submitted to the Legislative Assembly website on Tuesday jointly by Democratic leaders in the Senate and State Assembly, indicating that Nevada may not face the kind of infighting between the two houses that tormented other state houses during the redistribution, at least in public.
Assembly Speaker Jason Frierson and Senate Majority Leader Nicole Cannizzaro said in a joint statement that their proposed maps held cities as well as racial and ethnic communities together and explained the rapid growth of the State in the process of diversification.
“Reflecting Nevada’s growing racial and ethnic diversity, these maps strive to both protect and expand the voting power of African American and Hispanic Nevadans while increasing representation opportunities for the emerging and growing population of the United States. Nevada (Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders) over the next decade, “they said.
This version fixes that the congressional map proposed by legislative leaders would extend the Democrats’ advantage over Republicans to 8.2 and 13.4 percentage points in the 3rd and 4th Districts of Nevada, and not to 8.2 and 13 , 4 percentage points.
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