By Ella Nilsen
Democrats won their biggest victory against Republican gerrymandering a few weeks ago, after Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court ruled the state’s 2010 congressional map unconstitutionally partisan and released a new one this week.
To give you a sense of how much the old Pennsylvania map benefited Republicans, RealClearPolitics’ Sean Trende wrote in 2011 that “Republicans … took a state that is two or three points more Democratic than the country as a whole, and created 12 districts (out of 18) that are more Republican than the country as a whole. They did so by creating what can only be called a group of Rorschach-inkblot districts in southeastern Pennsylvania.”
The new map that looks much different, with cleanly drawn districts rather than inkblots. It most likely means Pennsylvania’s future elections will be much more competitive. It’s also great news for Democrats, who now have the potential to pick up five more congressional seats.
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