AP analysis shows how gerrymandering benefited GOP in 2016

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It was among the findings of a broader AP analysis of partisan gerrymandering, which found a distinct advantage for Republicans in last year's general election.

Republican state Sens. Dan Soucek, left, and Brent Jackson, right, review historical maps during The Senate Redistricting Committee for the 2016 Extra Session in the Legislative Office Building at the N.C. General Assembly, Feb. 16, 2016, in Raleigh, N.C. An Associated Press analysis, using a new statistical method of calculating partisan advantage, finds traditional battlegrounds such as Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Florida and Virginia were among those with significant Republican advantages in their US or state House races in 2016.

The state House went from a 71-49 Democratic majority in 1994 to an 81-39 Republican majority after the 2002 election when districts were redrawn by Republican lawmakers.

"I think it's a balance but again, it's also important to, at least in my mind, respect those boundary lines of the cities, towns and counties and school districts as much as possible", he said.

Republican House candidates received 763,824 votes in 2016, compared to 694,720 votes for Democratic candidates.

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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.

At the congressional level, Republicans earned 58.6 percent of the vote but won 77.8 percent of seats, more than 10 percent above expectations.

That figure is up significantly since the last round of redistricting after the 2010 census.

Under a redistricting plan approved in 2012, Idaho's House seats are divided among 35 districts — each district has two House seats and one Senate seat.

The analysis found Republicans won 56 percent of the votes in Ohio's Statehouse races but 66 percent of the seats. An Associated Press analysis found those districts also have produced a consistent Republican advantage that has helped swell the GOP's majority to some of highest levels in state history - higher even than what would be expected based on Republicans' share of the vote.

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The methodology has been cited as "corroborative evidence" in a ruling that Wisconsin Republicans engaged in unconstitutional partisan gerrymandering for state Assembly districts.

The AP used their method to calculate efficiency gaps for all states that held partisan House or Assembly elections for all of their districts in 2016. The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal.

"Gerrymandering can't keep you in power if the winds of political change are against you", said University of Kentucky election law and voting rights professor Joshua Douglas.

Democratic Sen. Matt Jones was a House representative appointed to the 2011 legislative reapportionment committee. So a party that receives 55 percent of the statewide vote could expect to win 60 percent of the legislative seats.

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