Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Take a Closer Look at Why Gerrymandering Skews Numbers

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Take a Closer Look at Why Gerrymandering Skews Numbers

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In a Nov. 10 letter, conservative advocate Matthew J. Brouillette stated that "Republican majorities aren't due to gerrymandered districts. They're due to the sheer numbers of Pennsylvanians across the state who voted for Republicans over Democrats" ("Even With Pa. Redistricting Reform, GOP Would Dominate"). He further states that in 2014 elections, Republican House candidates earned 229,000 more votes than Democrats.

Mr. Brouillette seems to overlook what I think is an obvious fact. When the Republicans have created a safe seat, then the Democrats cannot field a credible candidate and they cannot fund a candidate to run in that district. This would give the appearance that the state is overwhelmingly Republican. Let's look at just one Pennsylvania race in 2014 that shows the fallacy of his assertion. …

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