GOP To Challenge Colorado Congressional Lines Plan

DENVER (AP) — Colorado Republicans will challenge a judge’s ruling on proposed congressional lines that give Democrats a chance to unseat two Republican incumbents.

Republicans called the ruling last week by a Denver District judge flawed, saying it makes drastic changes to districts in favor of competitiveness.

The judge chose a Democrat-sponsored map that gives the party a new edge in the heavily Republican district held by U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman. Coffman’s suburban Denver district would include all of Aurora and put Republican-leaning portions of his district into the eastern plains seat held by Republican U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner.

The rural 3rd District on the Western Slope held by Republican Rep. Scott Tipton would become slightly more competitive than it already is.

The Legislature failed to agree on new district lines, and both parties sued.

By Ivan Moreno, AP Writer (© Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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