February 18, 2018

Analysis finds partisan map-making advantage in Ohio

26 June 2017, 07:22 | Marion Schneider

Republicans, who held 106 state House seats after the 2010 elections, have fared even better under the new map.

"There's one answer for that, one word: gerrymander", said Terry Madonna, director of the Center for Politics and Public Affairs at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Yes, observers note, it has contributed to the lopsided political numbers in a state where presidential elections are often seen as a tossup.

The AP scrutinized the outcomes of all 435 U.S. House races and about 4,700 state House and Assembly seats up for election a year ago using a new statistical method of calculating partisan advantage created to detect potential political gerrymandering.

The amount of partisan advantage favoring Missouri Republicans was fairly typical when compared with other states.

Republican critics of Democratic concerns over gerrymandering point to what they say is Democrats' poor campaigning, their concentration in cities-a sort of "voluntary gerrymandering", some say-and their lack of incumbents to explain the Republican voting advantage.

Only five states had a larger "efficiency gap", or the percent of seats won by Republicans beyond what would be expected based on their statewide average share of votes. In Florida, Republicans had about 11 more seats in the state House than would be expected, one of the largest margins in the country. "The result in this decade's maps has been a persistent and consequential seat advantage in favor of Republicans that will likely endure for the remainder of the decade".

In North Carolina, about 2.4 million votes overall were cast for Republicans in the state's 2016 congressional races, compared to about 2.1 million Democratic votes. How the court rules could influence congressional redistricting and legislative reapportionment nationwide after the 2020 Census.

Newly elected Wyoming Republican Party Chairman Ryan Mulholland of Sheridan credited his party's values for the GOP's overwhelming dominance.

Former Republican state Rep. Jeff Kottkamp sat on the House committee that redrew House maps.

The Nintendo Switch Could See an Influx of Wii U Titles
Robust sales of the Switch have pushed up Nintendo's stock price , and the company's overall market value has hit its highest level since 2008.

Terror plot foiled at Mecca's Grand Mosque, reports in Saudi Arabia say
Saudi Interior Ministry spokesperson announced on Friday the foiling of a terror attack that targeted the Grand Mosque in Mecca . Authorities in Saudi Arabia have foiled a "terrorist action" targeting the Grand Mosque in Mecca, according to officials.

Soccer Star Cristiano Ronaldo Charged With Millions Of Dollars In Tax Fraud
However, his agency claimed that he was up to date after adjusting his declarations and paying an additional €6 million in 2014. He led Real Madrid to the Spanish league championship this year and to a successful defense of their Champions League title.

"It's become a little bit of a hard sell with our larger majority because we have a lot of people who have not served in the minority", Torr said. Judge James Russell tasked three non-partisan special masters with drafting a plan for fair, compact and evenly distributed districts.

Republican House Speaker David Ralston has said lawmakers were merely "trying to put communities of interest together".

But he said every legislator tried to push for districts that increased their chances for re-election. "Do we want the members of the legislature drawing the maps to pick their constituents, or do we want the voters to pick their representatives?"

The 2010 "fair districts" constitutional amendment was aimed at preventing that practice.

Several Democratic Georgia lawmakers teamed up with Republican state Sen. These people were selected to go in the Cabinet because they were in safe Republican seats.

Likewise, he said state Senate maps are drawn fairly, but Democrats underperform in districts they should win.

"You end up having these extreme ideas instead of those that are more central", he said, because candidates only have to please their party's voters.

"I don't care who it is", she said.

Republished with permission of The Associated Press.

Other News

Trending Now

9 killed in Maiduguri blasts, Nigerian police confirm
He revealed that there were no less than three suicide attacks on Maiduguri on Sunday night. Two of the suicide bombers detonated PBIEDs on their bodies in two residential buildings.

US Moves Towards Military Conflict with Iran, Russia: Senator Says
Sharif said the missile launch reflected Iran's "military power", though Iran has no intention of starting another war. In the latest escalation between the US and the forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad, a U.S.

Rep. Adam Schiff: Obama should have done more on Russia
Trump's tweets Saturday were not his first this week in the vein of questioning the Obama's administration's response. Trump, who has repeatedly declined to say definitively that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 campaign.

Six hurt as car hits people in Newcastle, not terrorism-related
A statement from Newcastle Central Mosque on its Facebook page said that the incident took place immediately after prayers. Events are taking place across the United Kingdom , with the largest of those, Eid in the Park, happening in Birmingham.

Here's what happens when a jury is deadlocked
As Cosby left the courthouse Thursday night, people chanted , "Free Bill", outside the Montgomery County Courthouse. The case has already helped demolish his image as America's Dad, cultivated during his eight-year run as kindly Dr.

Man catches teen falling from park ride: 'It's OK let go!'
The unidentified teenager was riding on the "Sky Ride" at Six Flags Amusement Park in Queensbury, New York just after 8 p.m. The two and some other good Samaritans carried the girl to where emergency workers later arrived to help her.

Migos Interview With Everyday Struggle's Joe Budden Results In Shoving Match
Chris Brown is still beefing with anybody who date his ex-girlfriend Karrueche Tran . Budden cut in and said: 'Alright we gotta wrap this up though.

GOP senators now oppose health bill; enough to sink it
Senate Democrats are not expected to back it, which means McConnell can not afford to lose more than two Senate Republicans. Last week, Senate Republicans unveiled their health care bill after crafting it for weeks behind closed doors.

'No Nation Questioned India's Surgical Strikes', Says Narendra Modi In The US
The Prime Minister also stated that the "landmark initiative of GST" could be studied in United States business schools. He has called for reform of the H-1B visa system that has benefited Indian tech firms.

Rival coaches Gatland, Hansen clash over tactics in 1st test
The one consolation in defeat came through Liam Williams setting up one of the greatest tries in British and Irish Lions history. Apart from Jack Nowell's switch to fullback and a shuffle in the outside backs the Lions midweek team is largely unchanged.