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The Colorado Supreme Court today upheld a lower-court ruling last month that implements a Democratic-friendly Congressional map for the 2012 elections.
Under the new lines Rep. Mike Coffman’s (R) conservative 6th district becomes a swing seat. Coffman’s most serious Democratic challenger so far is state House Rep. Joe Miklosi.
The courts had to resolve redistricting in the state when Colorado’s split-power government was unable to compromise on a new map. This was the fourth time in four decades that Colorado had to resort to the courts to draw a new map.
Republicans had sought to maintain the status quo in a new map, but Democrats' proposals were aimed at making gains in the delegation. The Colorado House delegation currently has three Democrats and four Republicans.