November 2, 2005


Gerrymander deals could keep House Republican in '06 (Mort Kondracke, 11/02/05, Jewish World Review)

If the public's esteem for President Bush and the Republican Congress remains as low as it is now, Democrats could win back control of the House — barely.

That's the conclusion of a new election analysis by the electoral reform group FairVote, in making the point that gerrymandering of House districts has made takeover prospects much more difficult for Democrats now than it was for Republicans in 1994.

That year, Republicans won 54.6 percent of the national vote for the House and picked up 52 seats.

If Democrats managed a similar popular-vote feat next year, FairVote figures, they might conceivably net the 15 seats they need to take over the House, but the more likely result would be a single-digit gain.

"It's pretty appalling," said FairVote's executive director, Rob Richie, whose group advocates handling redistricting through nonpartisan commissions rather than elected politicians.

Even when George W. Bush lost in 2000 he carried 228 congressional districts to Al Gore's 208.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 2, 2005 8:53 AM

oj. You forgot the quotes around "lost."

Posted by: erp at November 2, 2005 10:17 AM

erp-- GWB did lose in 2000...the popular vote that is.

Posted by: Dave W. at November 2, 2005 10:37 AM

OJ-- I tried emailing you, but it came back as "rejected". I recall others having this problem as well the other day.

Posted by: Dave W. at November 2, 2005 10:38 AM


Sorry, try

Posted by: oj at November 2, 2005 11:32 AM

So the Democrats are getting a taste fo what they gave the Republicans for decades. Drink hearty, my fine donkey - you have yet to reach the bitter dregs.

Posted by: Mikey at November 2, 2005 2:30 PM