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April 24, 2014

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Hispanic coalition releases congressional map that turns Joe Heck’s district into solid Democratic area

What animal does that proposed map of Congressional District 3 at right look like? Surely more like a donkey than an elephant.

Indeed, the map the Nevada Latino Redistricting Coalition will release this afternoon turns Joe Heck's slightly Democratic district into a hugely Democratic one -- 49-28 for the Democrats. It also has a 41 percent Hispanic population -- 35 percent if you just count those eligible to vote. (I have also posted the demographic data at right.)

I'm told the border is right near Heck's home, so he could easily be drawn out of it and put into a better district for him. But I doubt he'd accept that, which probably means Gov. Brian Sandoval would veto it.

This makes it harder -- although not impossible -- for the Democrats to win three districts. It has the highest Latino population of any district so far, except for one proposed by legislative Republicans. The Republicans have demanded a majority Hispanic district -- their latest statement is at right, too -- which also means three districts would be overwhelmingly white.

Ah, the question remains: Who loves Hispanics more?

This is still likely to be settled in court, although today's release of demographic data by Republicans looking for leverage could spark serious negotiations. But I doubt it.

Now about the animal that district seems to look like.....

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