Doesn't anybody wanna be Governor? (And is this the reason?)
February 10, 2012 at 4:36PM
For those not conversant with the devious ways of redistricting, let me explain it this way:
In a state split roughly 50-50 between Democratic and Republican voters in most elections (Obama, e.g., carried North Carolina by less than 1% of the vote in 2008), "fair" districts would produce a Senate and House divided roughly 50-50 between the two parties; i.e., each party would have about the same number of votes as the other in each house. But in a political redistricting process, the party in power — in this case, the Republicans — can pack the other party's voters, the Democrats, into a relatively few districts, maximizing the number where Republican voters are in the majority.