Saturday, August 30, 2014

Virginia's artfully gerrymandered congressional delegation

Virginia has a Democratic Party governor, two Democratic Senators, and voted for Barack Obama twice. So it might surprise you to learn that eight of its eleven House seats are in Republican hands. That's the virtue of an artful gerrymander:

Virginia_congressional_districts__113th_congress.tif The 11th, 3rd, and 8th are in Democratic hands. All the rest are Republican. That creates a situation where most members have more to fear from primary challenges than general elections.

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