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Subject:  Re: Gerrymandering Date:  3/1/2006  12:58 PM
Author:  Wolfshead56 Number:  904364 of 2372872

That not the way preference voting comes out. Minorities (e.g. rural voters) are MUCH more likely to be represented. There are currently 52 House reps from CA. Imagine that five representatives run at large from rural areas of the state. Almost everyone in the rural areas would vote for all five. Close to zero votes fron these areas would go to LA candidates. It is practically certain that most of the five rural candidates would be elected

Sorry Peter but don't work that way. Just look at the last gubenatorial election in Pennsylvania. Rendell won the popular vote yet only took 17 out of 67 counties yet he took the most populated ones. Pa is an interesting state. You have 3 fairly liberal corners, Philly, Pittsburg and Scanton with the rest being almost bible belt conservative. In a statewide race it is basically the suburbs of the 3 urban areas that make the decision. If they go GOP the Republican usually wins, if they go Dem then he wins. So, while right now there is a fair mix of Dems and Republicans in our Congressional makeup if the seats had been at large in the last couple elections we would have a much higher, if not entirely, Democratic Congressional delegation becasue that is the way those suburbs have gone the last couple of elections. The conservative center of the state would have been practically shut out even tho they cover about two thirds of the area of the state. As it is now most of the Democratic Reps are concentrated in the urban areas, the GOP in the rural and the suburbs have a mix because of the districting lines.

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