Redistricting totally gamed the system, and gave Paul Ryan ability to falsely claim Americans wanted Republicans to control the House. Without redistricting, they would have lost dramatically.
Brookfield Patch: Democrats received more votes statewide in the November elections, but Republicans won more seats. What does that say about redistricting? Republicans were able to keep a 5-3 lead in the U.S. House of Representatives, reclaim control of the state Senate by a margin of 18 to 15 seats, and secure a commanding 60-39 advantage in the state Assembly, despite getting fewer votes overall.
The Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism, using the newly released official results, has produced maps showing the Nov. 6 vote counts for each congressional and state legislative district.
These are posted with this column at WisconsinWatch.org. They depict a mostly red (Republican) state, even though Democrats got the most overall votes in every category.
In the races for Congress, Democrats snared 50.4 percent of the nearly 2.9 million votes cast. In the 16 races for state Senate, Democrats came away with 53 percent of the vote but lost two key seats. In the state’s 99 Assembly districts, Democrats got more than 52 percent of the vote, but won just 39 percent of the seats.
Wisconsin’s congressional and legislative voting districts were redrawn in secret by Republican lawmakers last year.
Hey, if Democrats had the chance, they would have done the same thing, right? Keep this fact in mind:
Wisconsin Watch: Cal Potter, a former Democratic state lawmaker who now serves on the board of Common Cause in Wisconsin, a nonpartisan watchdog group, noted that the redistricting after the 1990 and 2000 Census was done by the courts, because the Legislature and governor were split and could not agree on a plan. This time around, he said, the GOP ran the show and was able to maximize its electoral advantages.