How did “blue” states come to be controlled by Republican legislatures and represented in Congress by Republicans?

This compelling New Yorker article, based on David Daley’s new book, Ratf**ked: The True Story Behind the Secret Plan to Steal America’s Democracy, explains.

. . . So skillfully were the lines drawn that in 2012—when President Obama carried Pennsylvania by three hundred thousand votes and the state’s Democratic congressional candidates collectively outpolled their G.O.P. rivals by nearly a hundred thousand votes—Republicans still won thirteen of Pennsylvania’s eighteen seats in the U.S. House of Representatives. . . .

But you can’t gerrymander Senate and Presidential “districts” — entire states — so, even as we work to draw more fair districts state by state, a strong Democratic turn-out will lead to success November 8.  The White House, the Senate, and a progressive Supreme Court.

 

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