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Monday numbers: A closer look at the impact of gerrymandering on the 2018 election Inbox

Monday numbers: A closer look at the impact of gerrymandering on the 2018 election

By Billy Ball

When North Carolina Democrats and Common Cause N.C. filed a suit in Wake County Superior Court last week, it was the culmination of roughly two decades of claims that the state’s top lawmakers had manipulated district lines for partisan advantage.

A decade ago, Democrats were responsible. These days, Republicans are under intense scrutiny. Despite congressional maps that have been ruled unconstitutional, North Carolina elections in 2018 were conducted once again with gerrymandered districts.

 

In recent years, the numbers have told a particularly compelling story. The state’s legislature and congressional seats remain firmly in the red, but voters are splitting the difference between the parties.

This year, the numbers are just as troubling for advocates of good government.

50 – Roughly the percentage of votes Democrats landed in the state’s congressional races in 2018.

23 (3 out of 13) – The percentage of congressional seats won by Democrats.

77 (10 out of 13) – The percentage won by Republicans

52 – Roughly the percentage of votes statewide Democrats would have to win to “have a chance” of winning four of the state’s 13 congressional seats, according to the nonpartisan Brennan Center for Justice.

49 – Roughly the percentage of statewide state House votes won in 2018 by Republicans.[Read more…]

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