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New Mexico high court to hear congressional maps challenge


SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Supreme Court is expected to hear a case this week challenging the state’s new congressional maps. The hearing scheduled Monday would come about three months after the high court ordered a stay in proceedings in a lawsuit brought by the state's Republican Party, according to the Santa Fe New Mexican. The newspaper says the GOP contends the newly redistricted maps of New Mexico’s three congressional districts amount to a political gerrymander.

Democratic defendants contend that the congressional maps are a policy matter that falls under the state Legislature’s purview. If the state Supreme Court sides with the Republicans, the case would go back to the district court level where it started early last year.