SANTA FE, New Mexico: All 50 states have received local population data from the census bureau, kick-starting the redistricting process across the country.
In New Mexico, the new data shows heavy growth in the 1st Congressional District. The population deviation map shows the 1st District is 15,546 above the ideal population for House districts.
Meanwhile, state house District 38 suffered the greatest population loss (20.3 percent). District 29 had the largest growth at 100.9 percent. The House released maps displaying population deviations for all House, Senate and Congressional districts.
With Democrats in control of the legislature but a Republican governor, a contentious and partisan battle is expected. A special session is expected to deal with redistricting in September 2011.
By law, New Mexico is unable to increase the total number of legislative districts. Currently there are 42 Senate seats and 70 House seats.