Virginia districts drawn to help GOP

Virginia districts drawn to help GOP

The Utah GOP won three more state legislative seats than they should have in 2016 because of partisan gerrymandering according to a new analysis.

The number of such uncontested general election races has been rising steadily over the past few decades, and experts say partisan gerrymandering of legislative districts is partly to blame. It found that the GOP may have won as many as 22 additional congressional seats than expected based on the average vote share in congressional districts across the country.

Using a statistical method recently cited by a federal appeals court to identify gerrymandering, the AP analysis released Sunday found Republican-skewed districts were far more common than Democratic ones in U.S. House and statehouse districts nationwide in 2016.

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The data doesn't identify any particular districts where the legislative map, redrawn by state lawmakers after every 10-year census, might give Republicans a leg up. South Carolina's lone Democrat in Congress represents a district gerrymandered as majority minority. In districts dominated by one party, election battles are fought mostly in the primaries; the victor from the majority party becomes a virtual shoo-in to win the general election.

No one appealed the court's district lines. Then Republicans flipped enough seats to take control by the time Republican Gov. Jeb Bush was elected in 1998. Colorado's map was drawn by a Democratic-dominated commission that Republicans criticized as "politically vindictive".

In addition to MI, the analysis found a significant Republican tilt in South Dakota, Wisconsin and Florida, all of which had a Republican-controlled redistricting process after the 2010 Census. Less than 15 percent of the 435 districts lacked a Republican or Democratic candidate a year ago. Among the two dozen most populated states that determine the vast majority of Congress, there were almost three times as many with Republican-tilted U.S. House districts.

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But some of the same states were atop that noncompetitive list: Five of Massachusetts' nine U.S. House districts lacked Republican candidates.

"Republicans really put their foot on the gas when Bush got elected", said Steve Schale, a Democratic political consultant. These people were selected to go in the Cabinet because they were in safe Republican seats.

Several Democratic Georgia lawmakers teamed up with Republican state Sen. Jerry Torr, R-Carmel, looked to fix the issue ahead of the upcoming redistricting in 2021 by recommending a bipartisan independent commission be used to determine political lines.

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Had AP analyzed the Republican-controlled 2015 Nevada Legislature, Sheets said, "my guess is they'd come up with an entirely different answer, and that's the problem with formulas". University of Florida political science professor Dan Smith said Republicans are better at fielding candidates and running campaigns - particularly in about 30 truly competitive districts.

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