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Is Gerrymandering A Significant Issue?

It warps US election results

It's not as significant as some say

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Gerrymandering undermines democracy by allowing politicians to choose their voters, instead of the other way around, infers Matt Ford of the New Republic. This practice is getting abused more and more often, which must cease indefinitely. In particular, Republican gerrymandering in 2010 boosted their state assembly seats in 2012 elections. In Pennsylvania, even though 51% votes were blue, Democrats only got 23% of seats. By one estimate, in order to win back the House of Representatives, Democrats would need to win by 11 percentage points, which has few historic presidents. Gerrymandering is a huge issue.

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Gerrymandering is not the immense problem that Democrats present it as, holds Josh Kraushaar of National Journal. None withstanding its supposed sway, they are set to win the House by historic margins in the coming midterms. It is unlikely that the practice has been consequential, as Democrats likely wouldn’t have won certain districts anyway. Furthermore, historic patterns show that parties in power always suffer during midterms. Democrats should focus on proposing more electable candidates that voters want to support. Conor Lamb’s win in Pennsylvania is a great example of moderate ideas succeeding.

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