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    But it essentially it boils down to this: gerrymandering forces Democrats to seek a median voter who is more conservative than the median voter is nationwide.

    I.E. the median voter in a district like CA-10 is going to be slightly more conservative than the median voter nationwide would be, or even in the new version of OH-05 I drew was.  This is the same reason the electoral college hurts Dems since it forces us to go after the median voter in places like Ohio and Florida rather than boost turnout among liberals and minorities in places like Brooklyn or Los Angeles.

    Given the system we have now, it wouldn't surprise me if Democrats only get 49% of the popular house vote, but that's because we'll be trying to win conservative districts like OH-16 where Betty Sutton faces Jim Renacci.  Even if we win such districts, it's forcing us to target more conservative voters than we would have if we only needed a national majority.

    NC-06/NC-04; -9.00, -8.41; progress through pragmatism

    by sawolf on Mon Aug 06, 2012 at 12:10:35 PM PDT

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