Magazine article Politics Magazine

New York

Magazine article Politics Magazine

New York

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THE GOP IS HURTING in New York, where Democrats have been slowly picking up Republican seats for several cycles. But the state party had a particularly rough Election Day this year. The number of Republican U.S. representatives dropped to three out of 29, and Democrats gained control of the state Senate, which Republicans had held since the 1960s.

The state is now "so blue you can throw away the crayons," says Mickey Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

Looking ahead, the Republicans' biggest headache is 2010 redistricting, which will affect New York at all levels. With the Democrats controlling every branch of government, there will be no Republican hands helping to draw the new boundaries. "When they sit down and start putting lines through the computer, you may not have any more Republican districts," Carroll says. "Some political scientists say it's the Massachusettsization of New York. It will be a blood bath."

There have been rumors of inviting a nonpartisan group to draw the boundaries, but this is unlikely since the Republicans have been gerrymandering the lines since they gained control in the 1960s. The Demo-crats see this as their turn, and they've got the legislative numbers to prove it. …

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