Monday, January 21, 2013

Republican Report Celebrates Gerrymandering To Win House

In a remarkably candid report, "REDMAP: How a Strategy of Targeting State Legislative Races in 2010 Led to a Republican U.S. House Majority in 2013," the Republican State Leadership Committee celebrated the fact that the GOP retained control of the House through gerrymandering. Despite "over one million more votes cast for Democratic House candidates than Republicans," the GOP victories "rest on the congressional district lines":

Farther down-ballot, aggregated numbers show voters pulled the lever for Republicans only 49 percent of the time in congressional races, suggesting that 2012 could have been a repeat of 2008, when voters gave control of the White House and both chambers of Congress to Democrats.

But, as we see today, that was not the case. Instead, Republicans enjoy a 33-seat margin in the U.S. House seated yesterday in the 113th Congress, having endured Democratic successes atop the ticket and over one million more votes cast for Democratic House candidates than Republicans. The only analogous election in recent political history in which this aberration has taken place was immediately after reapportionment in 1972, when Democrats held a 50 seat majority in the U.S. House of Representatives while losing the presidency and the popular congressional vote by 2.6 million votes.

...all components of a successful congressional race, including recruitment, message development and resource allocation, rest on the congressional district lines, and this was an area where Republicans had an unquestioned advantage.

Rachel Maddow has been focusing on GOP gerrymandering in the House and its plans to use the scheme in future presidential elections.

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