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Dems Have to Choose on Gerrymandering: the High Road or More Seats

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As states begin to cement their congressional maps for the next decade, Democrats have a choice.

They can take the high road, operate as if their gerrymandering reforms had passed Congress, and try to draw fair lines that would accurately represent a state’s political composition. Or, with Republicans aiming to draw the most aggressively GOP-favorable maps possible in order to take back the House of Representatives, Democrats can play the same game.

While Republicans have far more opportunities to gerrymander congressional districts and pick up seats, Democrats could temper those gains by wringing out as much of an advantage as possible in the states where they control the process—like in New York and Illinois.

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