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Nov. 10th, 2012 01:19 pm (UTC)
Absurd that US states don't have independent commissions to set district boundaries. But I guess that would be too European or something.

One of the Dems problems seems to be that voters in blue states elect Republican Governors rather too often. Not sure why that is. But one can't blame that one on gerrymandering.
Nov. 10th, 2012 01:55 pm (UTC)
Problem is, doing a simple vote count ignores the fact that Congressional districts will be different sizes in different states - not least because of the rule that each state must have at least one. A more valid comparison would be to compare the actual House with a notional one done using d'Hondt on a state-by-state basis.
Nov. 10th, 2012 11:37 pm (UTC)
Congressional districts will be different sizes in different states

Not all that different, surely? The population per district is pretty firmly constrained between 600,000 and 800,000 for most of them (graph, table).

The point is that Ohio, to take the most egregious example, voted Obama but elected four Democrats out of 16 to the house; and the four Democrats got respectively 67%, 70%, 73% and an unopposed run, whereas 8 of the 12 Republicans won with less than 60%, clearly suggesting that Democratic votes were either corralled into areas of high support or smeared out among areas with a small but sufficient Republican majority. One doesn't need to look at the map, just the figures.
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