DENVER, Colo. (AP) - The Colorado Supreme Court approved Democratic-drawn legislative districts that force key Republican incumbents to face off next year if they want to be re-elected.
The new maps for the Colorado House and Senate also mean that 38 of the legislature's 100 seats districts will be considered competitive in the coming years. The court approved the maps Monday but did not issue a written opinion.
An 11-member bipartisan panel submitted the maps to the court last month despite Republican objections. Republicans say they were not allowed to submit amendments to the maps and accused Democrats of trying to gain advantages in the legislature by drawing several Republican incumbents into the same districts.
Pairing Republican incumbents in contests could increase Democrats' five-vote advantage in the Senate and jeopardize Republicans' one-vote edge in the House.
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