Democrats could lose seats in Utah redistricting

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — New Census data may mean even fewer Democrats in the Utah Legislature.The Salt Lake Tribune says data released Thursday shows at least one Democratic Senate district and two Democratic House districts will have to be merged to account for population gains in Republican districts.When legislators begin redistricting legislative districts, Senate districts will have about 95,000 residents and House districts will have about 37,000 residents.Combined, the seven Democratic districts fall about 100,000 people short of population requirements.The 17 Democratic House districts fall about 80,000 people shy.Republican Senate President Michael Waddoups of Taylorsville calls it unlikely the current districts could be preserved, even if boundaries were shifted to include more Republican-leaning voters.Republicans have a 58-17 majority in the House and a 22-7 majority in the Senate.

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