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TUESDAY, SEPT. 6, 2011, 4:25 P.M.

Finman: ‘We were actually pretty close’

GOP Redistricting Commissioner Lorna Finman was wistful after the commission adjourned without meeting its 5 p.m. deadline today to adopt new legislative and congressional districts lines. "I think we were actually pretty close," she said. "We were just a district and a few precincts away from pulling this off." She said, "We just didn't get down to reality in time. I think another two or three days and we could've had it."

Democratic Co-Chairman Allen Andersen was less optimistic. "A lot will depend on Commissioner Frasure if he does in fact resign, and who they replace him with." While GOP Commissioner Lou Esposito said he thought the commission could settle on plans fairly quickly if the court orders it back to work - "a week, 10 days - that should do it," he said - Andersen said, "If they're going to keep holding to the maps that they have so far, it's going to take a lot longer." Andersen said he's still unwilling to allow Pocatello to be divided into multiple legislative districts.

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