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How The Republicans Stole The 2014 Elections: Re-Drew Voting Districts To Overwhelmingly Favor the GOP — Massive Gerrymandering

The two charts indicate that while the percentage of votes cast for Republicans was only slightly than  the percentage of votes cast for Democrats (top graph), the number of seats won by Republicans was  much higher. (Results from Pennsylvania's 2014 Midterms)
The two charts indicate that while the percentage of votes cast for Republicans was only slightly than  the percentage of votes cast for Democrats (top graph), the number of seats won by Republicans was  much higher. (Results from Pennsylvania's 2014 Midterms)
The two charts indicate that while the percentage of votes cast for
Republicans was only slightly more than the percentage of votes cast
for Democrats (top graph), the number of seats won by Republicans
was much higher. (Results from Pennsylvania's 2014 Midterms)

By Lee Fang
In the midterm elections, Republicans appear to have won their largest House majority since the Hoover administration. Republicans won on the weakness of Democratic candidates, a poor resource allocation strategy by Democratic party leaders, particularly DCCC chair Steve Israel, and an election narrative that did little to inspire base Democratic voters. That being said, in many ways, the game was rigged from the start. The GOP benefitted from the most egregious gerrymandering in American history.

As Rolling Stone reported, GOP donors plowed cash into state legislative efforts in 2010 for the very purpose of redrawing congressional lines. In the following year, as the Tea Party wave brought hundreds of Republicans into office, newly empowered Republican governors and state legislatures carved congressional districts for maximum partisan advantage. Democrats attempted this too, but only in two states: Maryland and Illinois. For the GOP however, strictly partisan gerrymandering prevailed in Ohio, Pennsylvania Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Texas, Louisiana, Arizona, Tennessee and beyond.

Here’s an example from the election last night. In Pennsylvania, one state in which the GOP drew the congressional districts in a brazenly partisan way, Democratic candidates collected 44 percent of the vote, yet Democratic candidates won only 5 House seats out of 18. In other words, Democrats secured only 27 percent of Pennsylvania’s congressional seats despite winning nearly half of the votes.

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