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  •  Where people live by racial and ethnic association (1+ / 0-)
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    As congressional districts are geographic where different racial and ethnic groups live is fundamental to an analysis of share of House seats going to Democrats Vs share of voters in a state voting for Democrats.

    Nationally, African American and Hispanic populations strongly disproportionally live in communities with high concentrations of African American and Hispanic residents.  At the same time African Americans and Hispanics vote for Democrats by overwhelming margins.  The result is that these communities elect Democrats by far greater overwhelming margins than Republicans win in white communities.

    So the effects the diary discusses will occur whenever congressional districts are to be drawn to represent communities along racial/ethnic groupings.   Certainly, "majority minority" districting reduces the number of elected Democrats.

    So aside from "majority minority" districts, the gerrymandering effect is much small than the data suggests.  

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    by nextstep on Tue Dec 11, 2012 at 11:34:23 AM PST

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