||Of New Mexico's voting
population of 597,912, 41.9% are Latino and 1.7% are
black. Under the current three-district system, no
racial minority makes up the majority of any district, and
there are no black or Latino representatives.
Under the proposed super districting plan, Latino voters are
well-positioned to elect a candidate of choice.
||In the 2000
Presidential election, Al Gore won New Mexico with 47.9% of
the popular vote over George W. Bush's 47.8%. The
state's Democratic partisanship is 49.5%. Under the
current system, one district can be considered Democratic, one
can be considered Republican, and one can be considered
competitive. Under the proposed super districting plan,
all the voters combined would likely elect one Democrat, one
Republican, and one candidate from either party.