Analysis: What makes a fair election? Recent redistricting the most politically balanced in years
Democrats have for years bemoaned partisan redistricting plans that helped Republicans win far more congressional seats than expected. But that advantage has disappeared.
In the first elections held with 2020 census data, Democrats battled back with their own gerrymandering that shaped districts to their advantage and essentially evened the outcome. Though Republicans won control of the House from Democrats, the closely divided chamber more accurately reflects the ratio of Republicans to Democrats among voters nationally than at any time in recent years, according to a new Associated Press analysis.
On the one hand, we have fairer, more representative outcomes. But it looks like we have more gerrymandering happening, said Doug Spencer, a law professor at the University of Colorado Boulder who administers the All About Redistricting website.
The AP's analysis found that Republicans won just one more U.S. House seat in 2022 than would have been expected based on the average share of the vote they received nationwide an insignificant edge in determining the GOP's 222-213 seat majority.