Republican gains in statehouses during Obama’s first midterm produced a priceless advantage when House districts were redrawn after the 2010 census, and AP has quantified that in a fascinating way:
“Republicans [last year] won as many as 22 additional U.S. House seats over what would have been expected based on the average vote share in congressional districts across the country. That helped provide the GOP with a comfortable majority over Democrats instead of a narrow one.”
This is why there needs to be a better way. Letting the party in power draw district lines is moronic. And that sentiment goes both ways, it doesn’t matter if it’s liberals or conservatives in power.