Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) may lose her seat because it could potentially not exist after the 2020 Census will likely force New York to lose two House seats.
Focus group manager, Frank Luntz, said that Democrats are looking to get rid of AOC’s district or draw it out.
— Frank Luntz (@FrankLuntz) December 31, 2019
Fort-seven percent of AOC’s district is foreign born and almost a quarter of them are not citizens – these population segments are not counted as often in the census and her district has the highest percent of these demographics than any other district in the state. This could mean that her district will be chopped up and combined with other congressional districts. This could force the freshman Congresswoman to run against another Democrat incumbent in another district.
There have been multiple rumors that upper-level Democrats have been looking for a way to cull the viral support of AOC and this could be used as an attempt to do just that.
AOC has tried to walk her constituents through the process of taking part in the census. She greeted voters on Wednesday and had Census Bureau representatives hand out flyers.
The Census Bureau interviewed 28% of the 121,240 New York area districts, according to Jeff Behler, director of the state Regional Census Center.
“As you see, we’re a year out from the Census, and we’re already here with organizers, enumerators,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “So step one is to hire people from the community. Hire people from Parkchester, from Jackson Heights, from Pelham, from Throggs Neck that are from these communities, that understand these communities, that are already trusted — so when they knock on people’s door, people don’t feel intimidated or strange about it.”
The redistricting comes amongst a controversey surrounding the addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 census. Trump was not able to add the question, but some experts say it would have made an even larger impact on the election.
New York State will likely lose the two seats. AOC should be concerned.