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  •  I'd love to see what a brutal Repub gerrymander (0+ / 0-)

    ...of Illinois's congressional and state senate districts would look like.

    For Wisconsin, since that state has a highly-polarized electorate, a 2-6 congressional map (making Ron Kind's seat Republican-leaning but protecting five Republican incumbents) would be virtually impossible. The only thing Republicans could have done in regards to the state legislative map would have been to Eau Claire and LaCrosse in the same state senate district.

    For Ohio, a 3-13 congressional map (cracking Columbus several ways to shatter Joyce Beatty's district to pieces and protecting twelve Republican incumbents) can be drawn but would probably be a dummymander on the Republicans' part. Republicans could have drawn a much nastier gerrymander of state legislative districts, though.

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    by DownstateDemocrat on Sat May 18, 2013 at 11:39:39 AM PDT

    •  A republican gerrymander (0+ / 0-)

      of Illinois's congressional districts would look similar to the 2001-2011 map in Chicagoland, and the outstate map would have eliminated Enyart's district and been all Republican. You can probably draw a pretty solid 11-7 Republican map of Illinois.

      As for Wisconsin, a 2-6 Republican map is quite possible. It just involves splitting the Circle of Ignorance four ways, and drawing a district from River Falls to Washington County. It's quite an egregious gerrymander, though, and my guess is that Wisconsin Republicans were more interested in a mild gerrymander that shored up their gains than a stronger gerrymander.

      In Ohio, I think that 12-4 is about as far as Republicans can go without risking a dummymander.

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      by ProudNewEnglander on Sat May 18, 2013 at 12:03:23 PM PDT

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      •  I disagree, you can draw a 13-3-Stivers map (0+ / 0-)

        whereby he retains a Columbus based swing district and Austria keeps the R+5 one. To do this you have to be willing to drop Boehner down to R+8-10, have Jordan, Tiberi, and Wenstrup take a small hit. This obviously won't even leave you with a Romney district for Stivers, but he nearly won a D+1 in 2008 and won with ease in 2010 so I think he'd hold down a similar district but maybe not. There's really no reason Boehner needs an R+15 as opposed to R+10, or that Tiberi needs an R+8 as opposed to R+4 (he held a D+1 with ease last decade), and that gets you half way there.

        Now of course all the incumbents would complain and Stivers has friends in the legislature, so they threw Austria under the bus, but I'd imagine a discussion of a map like that at least occurred with them. Same with 8-1 in Indiana and Tennessee.

      •  I think an effective GOP gerrymander (0+ / 0-)

        of Chicago's suburbs would have to have one Dem leaning district in the suburbs, so as to make all the others Safe GOP.  But I may try drawing it later.

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        by jncca on Mon May 20, 2013 at 03:45:32 PM PDT

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