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  •  God no (3+ / 0-)
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    MichaelNY, Englishlefty, skibum59

    1) Partisanship aside, people don't live in rectangles. Like population groups spread out in weird tendrils, following rivers, highways, lakes, whim.

    2) From a partisan perspective, GOD NO. Take Illinois. IL-13 (currently a swing district) is butt-ugly. If you were to draw the area in even rectangles you'd get several Republican districts as you'd get nice boxes containing a single Democratic leaning city and then a ton of dark Red countryside.

    About half of the Republican advantage in 2012 came from their maps, the other half came from the propensity of Democrats to naturally gerrymander themselves.

    IL-10 to IL-07 by way of -09, -17 and -18.

    by GaleForceBurg on Sun Mar 17, 2013 at 08:07:55 PM PDT

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