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    Bisbonian

    Most of the press I've seen is about the reelection prospects of individual Republican members. Most of them, in fact, are pretty safe in the general election -- and that is true of most Democrats, too, and it would have been true if the post-2010 gerrymanders hadn't happened.

    The art of the gerrymander, as you say, is not to make seats absolutely unloseable, but to try to win extra seats by relatively small margins in a more-or-less normal year. If people really decide to throw the House Republicans out, most of them will keep their seats, but they'll lose whatever perks they've had in the majority. I would guess that most of them (1) still think that is unlikely and (2) don't feel it as strongly as a threat to their own seat, in particular the threat of "being primaried" from the right.

    "I am not sure how we got here, but then, I am not really sure where we are." -Susan from 29

    by HudsonValleyMark on Wed Oct 09, 2013 at 06:02:05 AM PDT

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