After Democrats in the New Mexico Legislature used extreme gerrymandering to completely redraw New Mexico’s legislative seats, Public Education Commission, and three congressional district boundaries, far-left Congresswoman Teresa Leger Fernandez (D-NM-03) is sounding the alarm on changes to her seat, which is now skewed from a solid Democrat district to a purple competitive district.
The newly weakened Democrat district comes as New Mexico Democrats, desperate to cling to more power, gerrymandered New Mexico’s Second District, currently represented by Republican Congresswoman Yvette Herrell, to skew to the left, now sitting at a D+4 district.
However, the cost of “flipping” the seat statistically to the left costs both of Democrats’ once-safe seats to be more competitive for Republicans. Leger Fernandez’s seat flipped from a D+14 seat to a D+5 and New Mexico’s First District, represented by Democrat Congresswoman Melanie Stansbury, from a D+18 to a D+11.
The maps now show extreme gerrymandering in their shapes, with the Third District snaking down from northwest New Mexico to southeast New Mexico, pairing communities like Lovington, Hobbs, ad Roswell with places like Española, Las Vegas, and the Navajo Nation.
The First District now creeps down to Roswell from Albuquerque, while its South Valley has been plunged into the Second District, while huge chunks of Valencia County have been pushed into the First District.
In a panicky-sounding fundraising email sent by Leger Fernandez’s team, they write, “New Mexico’s new maps might be the difference between Democrats holding the House — or losing it to the GOP. Since Republicans only need to flip 5 seats to take control of the House, DEFENDING NM-03 and WINNING NM-02 will be critical to Democrats’ chances of holding the majority.”
“But we need to step it up. Our district is already on the NRCC’s target list, so we can bet they’re going to pour cash into this race to defeat Teresa. We can’t afford to sit back and relax any longer. We can’t assume that our campaign will have the upper hand going into Election Day, the email continued.
She also posted on social media with similar messaging asking for funds now that her district is competitive.
It came after Leger Fernandez’s own brother, Martín Leger, testified against the new map drawn by partisan Democrats because it makes the first-term congresswoman susceptible to a Republican kicking her out of Congress.
The new districts, which were designed by a George Soros-funded dark money group, the Center for Civic Policy (CCP), and signed by scandal-ridden alleged serial groper Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, could be challenged in court for the extreme gerrymandering occurring, although a suit has not yet been announced.