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Thu Jan 17, 2013, 01:15 PM

GOP Memo: Gerrymandering Won Us The House Majority - TPMDC

GOP Memo: Gerrymandering Won Us The House Majority
Sahil Kapur - TPMDC
January 17, 2013, 12:22 PM

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Call it a gaffe: a slip-up that accidentally reveals the truth.

A recent memo: http://rslc.com/_blog/News/post/REDMAP_2012_Summary_Report by the Republican State Leadership Committee emphasizes the party’s 2010 victories in state legislatures as central to the House GOP retaining its majority in the 2012 elections.

The reason? Redistricting — or more precisely, gerrymandering.

In the memo — titled “How a Strategy of Targeting State Legislative Races in 2010 Led to a Republican U.S. House Majority in 2013” — RSLC boasts that it “raised more than $30 million in 2009-2010, and invested $18 million after Labor Day 2010 alone” to ensure statehouse victories in states like Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan and Wisconsin.

“The rationale was straightforward,” reads the memo. “Controlling the redistricting process in these states would have the greatest impact on determining how both state legislative and congressional district boundaries would be drawn. Drawing new district lines in states with the most redistricting activity presented the opportunity to solidify conservative policymaking at the state level and maintain a Republican stronghold in the U.S. House of Representatives for the next decade.”

The plan worked: even as they took a beating in the races for Senate and the White House, House Republicans ended up with a 33-seat majority, thanks to friendly district maps drawn by their own state colleagues. As the RSLC memo admits, “Democratic candidates for the U.S. House won 1.1 million more votes than their Republican opponents.”

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More: http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2013/01/gop-memo-gerrymandering-house-majority.php


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Thu Jan 17, 2013, 01:19 PM

1. This was available to Dems who chose instead to abandon the 50 state strategy

The democrats controlled the house for much of the 20th century because of similar control of districts.
We can expect to struggle to regain the house for many election cycles.

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Thu Jan 17, 2013, 03:01 PM

2. May not last a decade this time.

I noticed a lot more redistricting in areas where there is a lot of movement...rather people moving in and out much of the time . That would have to change the leanings of the communities from time to time.

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