Utah is up next in our redistricting series. Throughout 2021, we'll delve into the states in detail, spotlighting a different state's redistricting outlook each week. Make sure to read our full redistricting outlook.
Current Delegation: 4R, 0D
Projected 2022 Seats: 4 (No change)
Redistricting Control: Commission/Republican
Map credit: Cook Political Report, drawn with Dave's Redistricting App
This chart provides a breakdown of how many residents each current district would need to add or shed to meet the required district target population in 2022, based on 2020 Census data.
It's become a ritual: since 2001, Utah's GOP legislators have pinwheeled Salt Lake City outwards into multiple districts to dilute Democratic votes. Publicly, their rationale has been that each of Utah's members should represent both urban and rural communities. But their obvious motive has been to maintain a monopoly on the state's congressional seats. Meanwhile, Democrats deep in the legislative minority have howled for one compact "doughnut hole" seat entirely in Salt Lake County, to no avail.
Democrats have occasionally defied Republicans'
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