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  •  That would have been tough to do (3+ / 0-)
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    to make GA-02 Republican without the map being a dummymander.

    I think the most vicious and partisan thing the Republicans could have done was draw a crescent shaped district from Columbus to Macon to Augusta, and down to Albany and Savannah on each end if they were feeling really ambitious.  It would have been over 60% black and maybe illegal in some way, but would have guaranteed three safe GOP seats south of I-20.

    •  Taking a quick look (0+ / 0-)

      that would be hard to do. I drew a district from Columbus to Augusta through Macon and it much of the black belt and it was not quite 49% African American, but well over 60% Obama. South of that one or two districts would be competitive unless they did some line drawing beyond my imagination. Problem is, with the south half of Columbus, Macon, Augusta, and some counties in between, you really don't have room in the district left to go down to Savannah and Albany.

      ...better the occasional faults of a government that lives in a spirit of charity, than the consistent omissions of a government frozen in the ice of its own indifference. -FDR, 1936

      by James Allen on Fri Aug 16, 2013 at 12:57:31 PM PDT

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      •  Here's my drawing (1+ / 0-)
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        Yeah, it's difficult but not impossible to cram three districts south of the Dem vote sink.  Kingston, Barrow, and Scott's districts are all over 60% McCain and GA-02 is 76% Obama, 61% Black.  There's a slim chance Barrow would have held his district but he'd have to fight hard for it as the 12th is even tougher than Mike McIntyre's current district.

        If North Carolina Republicans had drawn Georgia's map... that's the map that would have been passed.  They'd probably try to get rid of one of the black districts in Atlanta, too.

        •  I find it hard to believe that map would (0+ / 0-)

          ever pass.

          ...better the occasional faults of a government that lives in a spirit of charity, than the consistent omissions of a government frozen in the ice of its own indifference. -FDR, 1936

          by James Allen on Fri Aug 16, 2013 at 01:21:06 PM PDT

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          •  The high black percentage (61%) (0+ / 0-)

            is risky, but really as far as county splits go it's not worse than NC-01.  Believe me... Georgia Democrats tried worse when they were in charge of redistricting.

            •  it screams racial gerrymander, though, (1+ / 0-)
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              especially being 61% black. If it was clean and that high maybe not, but being cut so precisely and being so ugly, cutting so many different communities, it definitely doesn't look like it'd be safe to go into court with.

              ...better the occasional faults of a government that lives in a spirit of charity, than the consistent omissions of a government frozen in the ice of its own indifference. -FDR, 1936

              by James Allen on Fri Aug 16, 2013 at 01:51:02 PM PDT

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