Friday, May 31, 2013

GOP Districts have become less Hispanic and More Conservative

Momentum to overhaul the nation's immigration laws is fueled by the growing political influence of Hispanics in America, but in the U.S. House there is diminishing incentive for Republicans to support the effort because their constituents have become whiter, more conservative and less diverse than the nation as a whole. 
In 2012, the congressional district lines that make up the 435-seat chamber were redrawn as part of the once-a-decade process to balance out population shifts. 
GOP-led redistricting efforts moved areas with high concentrations of predominantly Democratic minority voters out of GOP dominant districts and into Democratic-heavy districts, thereby making both districts less competitive in a general election.
According to the non-partisan Cook Political Report, House Republicans today represent 6.6 million fewer minorities than in 2002 — the last time the lines were redrawn. The average GOP district is now 75% white, up 2 percentage points after the 2012 reconfiguration, while the average Democratic district is 51% white, down one percentage point since 2002.
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Anonymous said...

That is a cool map. Thanks, Bosman.


Anonymous said...

Few things as naturally bipartisan as the common sense that we are not Mexico, and that we do not imagine we are suppose to be.