Analysis: Eastern NM could lose in redistricting

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - The once-a-decade exercise of redistricting will produce winners and losers, and Albuquerque's west side is as close it comes to a guaranteed winner of more political clout.

Because of rapid population growth during the past decade in the city's sprawling areas west of the Rio Grande, residents will almost certainly gain seats in the House and Senate.

Eastern New Mexico and central portions of Albuquerque are among the areas that could lose seats in the Legislature when new boundaries are drawn for the House and Senate

Lawmakers are expected to meet in a special session later this year to reshape districts to reflect new population counts from the 2010 census.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Barry Massey has covered state government and politics in New Mexico for The Associated Press since 1993.