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    MsGrin, Odysseus

    I think that the OP is missing the point of Gerrymandering, as it applies to the House of Representatives.

    Originally, Gerrymandering referred to small districts (think Chicago's Daley Machine) that helped favored individuals keep their seats.

    However, gerrymandering in the nationwide Republican Style does not refer to packing as many Republicans as possible into a district to make it safe.  Almost the opposite, in fact.

    Remember that Democrats running for Congress actually got more Raw Votes than Republicans in 2012... yet the Republicans still won a majority of the seats.

    How?  By making all of the safe Democratic Seats even safer, by trying to pack all the blue voters together, while actually diluting the GOP seats (making them light pink instead of deep red).  There are places with 2 Democratic seats in congress each getting 95% of the democratic vote sit next door to to 3 GOP seats that pick up only 52% of the GOP vote.  So even though in the combined 5 districts, Democrats outnumber Republicans, the GOP has won 3 out of the 5 seats.

    THAT is the Gerrymander that they practice in GOP controlled states.

    The good news is that this can make those GOP reps with 52% of the vote more vulnerable. But it sucks nationwide.

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