Florida has more registered Democrats than Republicans, but the balance of power in government doesn't even come close to reflecting that. That results in a 47 percent efficiency gap heavily favoring Democrats, but both races were close, and if fewer than 5,000 votes had switched in either district, the efficiency gap would be almost even.
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. Yes, observers note, it has contributed to the lopsided political numbers in a state where presidential elections are often seen as a tossup. "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".
The AP scrutinized the outcomes of all 435 U.S. House races and about 4,700 state House and Assembly seats up for election previous year using a new statistical method of calculating partisan advantage created to detect potential political gerrymandering. But Republicans have a 7-4 majority in the state's congressional delegation and now control the state House 66-34.
But a new analysis of election results by The Associated Press indicates it was Republicans who could have benefited slightly from the way the districts were drawn, contributing to what would become a landslide election for the GOP.
The victor in more than 40 percent of all state Assembly or House races last November ran unopposed by a candidate from the other major party.
Political maps are redrawn every 10 years after a new U.S. Census.
After the November election, 59 Republicans control the Idaho House, which has 11 Democrats. Democrats controlled it in 1992 when they commanded the Legislature. There are now six vacant seats, plus one Republican who was elected but hasn't been sworn in due to illness. Democrats lost four seats to Republicans.
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When Kentucky Republicans made it a goal to win a majority in the state House of Representatives, they had one obvious disadvantage to overcome: Winning in districts that were drawn by Democrats.
Toscano said opposition to Trump is so strong that it's overcome the reluctance Democratic candidates have had in the past to compete in a district with Republican-friendly boundaries.
Newly elected Wyoming Republican Party Chairman Ryan Mulholland of Sheridan credited his party's values for the GOP's overwhelming dominance.
A legislative study committee chaired by Rep. Instead, he said a proposed independent commission should work to keep "communities of interest" together. "It just wasn't always possible", he said.
Cooperation carried over to legislative redistricting. But the state courts struck down those maps, forcing lawmakers to draw new maps in 2013.
The 2010 "fair districts" constitutional amendment was aimed at preventing that practice. Yet Republicans won 57 percent of the House seats, claiming 63 seats to the Democrats' 47. He said the party has no discipline and doesn't recruit candidates as aggressively as it should.