Rep. Dina Titus lashed out at state lawmakers in her own party on Wednesday, accusing them of botching the state’s redistricting process and leaving her in a risky seat.
“I totally got f***ed by the Legislature on my district,” the Nevada Democrat said during remarks at an AFL-CIO town hall, as reported by the Nevada Current. “I’m sorry to say it like that, but I don’t know any other way to say it.”
Titus said changes to the First Congressional District, historically a safe seat for Democrats, and two swing districts are now more likely to go to Republicans after next year’s midterm elections.
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“You read that the Republicans are using gerrymandering to cut out Democratic seats, but they didn’t have to in this state,” she said. “We did it to ourselves.”
Titus said the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee was left “stunned” by the new maps, which were approved by state lawmakers and the governor last month.
“They couldn’t believe a Democratic Legislature and governor would do this to themselves,” she said. “They could have created two safe seats for themselves and one swing. That would have been smart. [Rep.] Steven [Horsford] and mine and then a swing. No, no, we have to have three that are very likely going down.”
She argued that redrawing her district may have “been worth it” if it would have created two new safe districts, but said the state Legislature and the governor created “three, competitive, risky districts.”
House Republicans need to net about five seats in 2022 to regain the majority the party lost in 2018.
Titus argued the maps would further hurt Democrats in what is likely to be “a bad year” for the party, acknowledging President Joe Biden’s low approval ratings.
“Republicans are going to turn out, and they are excited,” she said. “Democrats are kind of ‘Meh, I have to pay more gas prices.’ Hispanics aren’t going to want to turn out if we don’t get something for immigration. I mean, why would they?”
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Nevada's state government is currently entirely under Democratic control, giving the party power over the redistricting process. According to the Princeton Gerrymandering Project, single-party control of the redistricting process increases the chances of gerrymandering.
The Nevada Independent reported last month that the new maps are expected to make the swing districts friendlier to Democrats but not so safe that they couldn’t be won by Republicans. The maps are also expected to help Democrats win supermajorities in both of the state’s legislative chambers.