Daylin Leach’s Re-Gerrymandered Congressional Map Elects 13 Democrats, 5 Republicans

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Lifted from state Senator and 13th District Congressional candidate Daylin Leach’s Facebook page:

Do you know how I always talk about gerrymandering? And it’s awesome? Well this is truly awesome. On top is the actual, GOP-made gerrymander of PA Congressional Districts. 13-5 Republican. Below is a drawing I did of a legal 13-5 Democratic gerrymander. I flipped 8 Congressional seats with every single PA voter voting exactly the same way. So who here is relevant, the voter? Or the guy drawing the lines?

My takeaway from this map is how accurately it would represent the Commonwealth’s various regional interests in Congress, compared to the current map. It is a map where the issues big urban areas have in common with smaller, denser  deindustrialized cities and towns get a lot of strong advocates in Congress, and the big empty areas where nobody lives get the representation of 5 Congressmen, as they deserve.

The cities of Harrisburg, Altoona, Lancaster, Erie, and York are all still lumped in with a lot of rural areas, but the smaller eastern cities (Allentown, Bethlehem, Easton, Chester, Scranton, and all the more urbanized boroughs’ interests get tied to the big cities and the rest of SEPA, and it’s a similar situation on the western side.

The current map harms southeast PA’s economic interests by tying suburban interests to rural interests, rather than tying suburban interests to central cities. In this map, Republicans grab the richer socially moderate/anti-tax voters of the suburbs and exurbs, along with a lot of *racial-conservative* working class white areas.

Tying suburban interests to rural interests instead of city interests is so fucked and it’s one of the reasons PA’s job growth is so terrible.

The state legislature maps try to do the same thing – align suburban and rural areas on one side, and cities on the other – and then when Republicans get in power, they make a jobs agenda based on stuff that rewards the Republican electorate map – the very least economically productive areas of the Commonwealth.

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7 Responses to Daylin Leach’s Re-Gerrymandered Congressional Map Elects 13 Democrats, 5 Republicans

  1. Rich says:

    It’s a nice map, but we need to be working on one with just 17 seats for 2021. There are ways to keep them to 4 seats at that time. The only way that happens though is to win the Supreme Court back.

    • Ed H. says:

      We could have had a more representative map had Democrats come out to vote in 2010, and it been sucked in by the Tea Party propaganda. We lost the congressional and State House seats that could have made the lines more equitable. I get more than a little sick of hearing about how voters are energized or not in certain elections; how Repubkicans turn out better in mid-term and special election scenarios, and all of the other BS that gives us all some truly terrible representation in congress with dopes like Pitts, Rothfus, Barletta, Thompson, etc.

      • Jon Geeting says:

        Completely agree. There’s no excuse not to vote every single year.

        • Ed H. says:

          The whole idea of “no labels” is for the ignorant voters, too. If you want to vote for the person, as a Democrat, get down to the polls in the primary elections. Then support whomever wins the primary, because parties win agendas, like health care reform, jobs bills, expanding Social Security, etc.

  2. Brett Heffner says:

    Actually, it would be 12 Democrats and 6 Republicans, since Charlie Dent has enough Democratic support in the Lehigh Valley that he would still win the 15th.

  3. noahkennedy says:

    Really fantastic example that just makes the point that NOBODY, especially politicians, should be drawing lines at all when in comes to redistricting. Redistricting is nothing but a math problem, fairly straightforward to solve in an entirely hands-off way.

    Hands-off redistricting is also really (technically) cheap and easy to implement- all we’re missing is focused public outrage. Take a look at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xwE5twJj4Kw, or follow handsoffredistricting.net to stay informed on your options.

    • Jon Geeting says:

      It depends what you think the point of redistricting is. If it’s to make competitive political districts, then you’re right. If it’s to divide up the state’s regions in a way that represents the different economic interests, then Daylin’s map is actually really good. I don’t have a strong opinion about which is best but lean toward the latter.