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Colorado’s rapid growth sets stage for political fight over new Congressional district – The Denver Post

Colorado’s lightning-fast growth is lining up the state for an epic political battle in two short years.

Census figures released Wednesday show the state has the seventh-fastest growth rate in the nation, with a burgeoning population of more than 5.6 million. That’s enough babies and newcomers to net the state an eighth congressional district in 2020, prompting a fight over where the lines will be drawn for the new district.

Since 2010, Colorado has added about 600,000 people. With the average congressional district representing about 700,000 people, Colorado is all but a lock to add a seat in the House.

While the boundary lines for state offices are drawn by a nominally nonpartisan redistricting commission in Colorado, the state’s General Assembly handles the congressional map.

The last time Colorado gained a House seat after the 2000 Census, the General Assembly spent months in a bloody fight that resulted in no congressional map gaining passage. The legislature’s inability to agree on a map threw the fight into court, where the parties engaged in a lengthy legal battle.

Read the full story on Gazette.com.

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