Redistricting: the House
Thu November 17, 2011 11:00 pm

I will leave to others an analysis of winners and losers in redistricting. The only point I want to make is something the Republicans refuse to accept: You can't ignore demographics. Republicans drew a map that maximized Republican seats and ignored Hispanic population gains. No one should be surprised that the federal courts did not let the map stand. It would have been simple enough for Republicans to squeeze a few more minority seats into South Texas and the Metroplex, but they didn't want to do it. That refusal put the entire map at risk. Why Republican mapmakers thought they could ignore Hispanic growth statewide is a mystery. Virtually all of the population growth statewide is due to Hispanic gains. (I haven't seen the San Antonio court's congressional map yet, but the reason Texas has four new seats is due to Hispanic population growth.) And yet, the Republicans did everything they could to avoid drawing new Hispanic seats.

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