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View Diary: Did Gerrymandering Cost Dems the House? A 34-State Look at Alternative Nonpartisan Maps Suggests Yes (161 comments)

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  •  I am quite a fan (3+ / 0-)
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    defluxion10, Stephen Wolf, GoUBears

    Of these maps although I am pretty sad at how we lose all the Illinois seats.

    For more election analysis and redistricting maps, check out my blog CA-2 (former CA-6) College in CA-37. Go Trojans!!

    by Alibguy on Mon Apr 22, 2013 at 01:11:54 PM PDT

    •  Yeah if it weren't for Walsh (4+ / 0-)

      then we'd definitely lose all 4. I'm honestly pretty amazed though that Dold! would have only won by 3% as Lake County, which is 99% of the district, voted just 51.5 to 48.5 Republican.

      If Ted Strickland's narrow loss was the most heartbreaking in 2010, then Pat Quinn's was one of the sweetest win because it easily yielded us 4 seats with a good shot at that 5th one. I really feel sorry for the guy though as he seems to be trying to do a good job in Illinois yet his approval rating is worse than Bush's when he left office.

      •  I don't even like to think (1+ / 0-)
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        about how narrowly Strickland lost and how Taxin' John Kasich won with 49% of the vote yet acts like he is 100% right about everything and doesn't have to take alternative views into consideration. But Ted has only himself to blame — and the rest of us suffer. Argh.

        Jon Husted is a dick.

        by anastasia p on Mon Apr 22, 2013 at 04:29:24 PM PDT

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        •  Honestly I'm surprised he kept it as close (2+ / 0-)
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          sturunner, Englishlefty

          Kasich was basically generic Republican in the eyes of the electorate and in a year like 2010, that was a very positive thing to be. That Strickland lost by 2 instead of 10 was nothing short of astounding. He was polling horribly for most of the summer and fall too that many including myself had written him off until October. This was Ohio after all. Rob Portman won by 20 points and Strickland lost by just 2. Hence why I think his was the most heartbreaking loss of 2010; we came so close and lost so much.

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