CO Democrats may benefit from gerrymandering

Posted June 26, 2017

The partisan tilt was more than any other state, except for Texas, according to AP's national analysis.

Control of New Hampshire's 400-member House has swung back and forth between parties multiple times in the last decade, but Republicans were in charge when it counted in terms of drawing the most recent election maps. The analysis placed Ohio's "efficiency gap" near the top for both state and congressional races. But Republicans have a 7-4 majority in the state's congressional delegation and now control the state House 66-34.

Ultimately, Republicans picked up a 13th district in a state where registered Democratic voters outnumber Republicans by a margin of 4 to 3.

Republican critics of Democratic concerns over gerrymandering point to what they say is Democrats' poor campaigning, their concentration in cities-a sort of "voluntary gerrymandering", some say-and their lack of incumbents to explain the Republican voting advantage.

Nationally, the analysis found that Republicans may have won as many as 22 additional congressional seats over what would have been expected based on the average vote share in congressional districts across the country.

Rather, the number of statehouse seats occupied by Republicans and Democrats closely tracks with the ratio of voters choosing Republican and Democratic statehouse candidates statewide in the 2016 election, taking into account candidates who ran unopposed previous year.

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The AP also calculated efficiency gap scores for U.S. House elections, translating those into estimates of extra seats won because of partisan advantages. Chris Jones testified in federal court he tried to accommodate requests from a large majority of delegates, both Republicans and Democrats, who sought to tweak lines, sometimes to draw out precincts where they had historically performed poorly. "Republicans have not shown themselves to be good at legal challenges".

The AP analyzed the 2016 election results using an "efficiency gap" formula developed by University of Chicago law professor Nick Stephanopoulos and researcher Eric McGhee of the nonpartisan Public Policy Institute of California.

One of the largest Democratic congressional advantages was in Maryland, where Democrats controlled redistricting. The formula essentially measures and compares each party's wasted votes — those going to the victor in excess of what's needed for victory — in an election and shows that Virginia's GOP votes are more efficiently spread out than Democratic votes.

For Democrats to complain of gerrymandering is "pure nonsense", said Matt Walter, the Republican committee's president.

Calculating partisan advantage will take on new importance when the U.S. Supreme Court considers whether Wisconsin's state Assembly district maps violate Democratic voters' constitutional rights.