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Rep. Lauren Boebert Challenger Kerry Donovan Suspends Campaign Over Redistricting

DENVER (AP) — A leading Democratic challenger to Republican Rep. Lauren Boebert in next year's election, Colorado state Sen. Kerry Donovan, suspended her campaign Friday after the Colorado Supreme Court approved a new congressional map that puts her residence in another district.

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State Sen. Kerry Donovan, D-Vail, on Jan. 14, 2021. (credit: Hyoung Chang/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

Donovan suspended fundraising for her campaign last month after the state's independent congressional redistricting commission approved the map, submitting it to the court for final approval. It doesn't include Donovan's hometown of Vail or her nearby ranch in the 3rd District, which Boebert represents.

It instead places Donovan in the 2nd District, which is represented by Democratic U.S. Rep. Joe Neguse. It also changes 3rd District lines to more heavily favor Republicans, based on recent election results.

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Rep. Lauren Boebert during a group photo with freshmen members of the House Republican Conference on the House steps of the Capitol on Jan. 4, 2021. (credit: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images)

In a statement, Donovan said the maps "failed to recognize the complexity of rural Colorado and instead divided communities, protected incumbents and ignored Coloradans' voices" and left her with no viable path forward.

Sen. Kerry Donovan, D-Vail
Sen. Kerry Donovan, D-Vail (credit: CBS)

Federal law requires members of Congress to live in the state they represent, but they are not required to live in a district they wish to represent. However, congressional candidates who do not live in their districts usually face harsh criticism during their campaigns.

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