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  •  The Maryland result (3+ / 0-)

    was 7 of 8 Democratic House seats (a gain of one) or 87.5% of the total, in a state where Obama won an even 62%.  Not twice as many seats as Obama's percentage, but  a larger percentage differential than IL or NY.  

    Furthermore, all 7 Dem seats are likely to be safe for the forseeable future, making the Maryland effort one of the more successful gerrymanders politically (if not in an aesthetically pleasing manner.)  Too bad it was only good for one extra seat (an 8-0 could have been tried but might have produced several more vulnerable Dem seats.)

    37, MD-8 (MD-6 after 2012) resident, NOVA raised, Euro/Anglophile Democrat

    by Mike in MD on Tue Dec 11, 2012 at 10:35:19 AM PST

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    •  no, it was done in a much suckier manner than (0+ / 0-)

      it might have been.

      As a resident of District 8, I'm not thrilled with how we were re-drawn. But, whatever. We got another seat out of it.

      There are some things that are unforgivable. Your willingness to play political games while people suffer and die is one of them--Onomastic

      by SouthernLiberalinMD on Tue Dec 11, 2012 at 04:10:17 PM PST

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