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  •  they could hit Rs without hitting their side (1+ / 0-)
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    sawolf

    they have a bunch of multi-member districts in West Virginia (100 members, 67 districts)

    So they could split some of the districts where Republicans swept to put some of the Republicans in a harder to win district. Or they could split a district which elected a D and an R to give the D a much better shot to win re-election.

    For example, the 35th district (St. Albans/South Charleston/Charleston) went 3-1 Republican, tossing two incumbent Democrats. So a district could keep that Democrat secure while making it harder for a few of those Republicans to win. Something like one seat for St. Alban, in a new district (giving Raines a seat), then a more D 35th would exist for the 2R incumbents and 1D incumbent.

    There's also a 5-member 51st District (Morgantown) that went 3-2 Democratic.

    Not sure the 3-member Princeton/Bluefield district can be sliced to elect at least 1 Dem out of that area.

    There's a few ways to "redraw" the districts without doing all that much redrawing. Although for the sake of sanity, just start numbering the new districts at 68 instead of changing everybodys numbers.

    The Republican Party isn't a party of small government, it's a party of a government for the few. @bhindepmo

    by RBH on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 01:26:26 PM PST

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