I assume CT-6 is in the purple. CT-3 moved more north in the 2002 round of redistricting and CT-2 got some of CT-5's population in that round of redistricting as well. I wonder if CT-2 will trend more Republican in the future because of the retired people living in Mystic and maybe even Mohegan Sun.
It would be a good deal for the Republicans to put New Haven and Bridgeport all in CT-3. As a matter of fact that is what they tried to do in this round of redistricing but it didn't work. They will never win CT-3 I mean its too liberal for the Republixan Party. They did come close though in 1990 in Rose DeLauro's first election there.
1. CT-05 is in purple. CT-06, the grey district before 2002, essentially was transformed into CT-05 after that redistricting. I switched the colors purely for aesthetics.
2. CT-03 didn't really "move north" in '02: it just added some Naugatuck Valley towns. The district's New Haven core is still there.
3. CT-02's big gain in 2002 was Enfield (about 40,000 people). It didn't affect the overall partisan composition much, because the two bordering towns that also joined CT-02, Suffield and Somers, are thoroughly Republican. Jim Sullivan, the 2004 Democratic candidate, was from Enfield (he lost).
4. Mystic and the casinos represent a very small portion of the district's population. I wouldn't read too much into that.
5. I believe the CT GOP also failed to shift New Britain into Larson's district.