Media chart: Swing seats vanish, lopsided election trend

By Taxpayers Association of Oregon

The Wall Street Journal looked at nearly half of the 50 states that have already completed redrawing their political boundaries in the redistricting process which is done every ten years.   What the Wall Street Journal discovered so far, is that traditionally competitive Congressional seats are now disappearing.  The redrawn seats feature more on-sided political party registration advantage, and the trend in that advantage is swinging overwhelming Republican.

WSJ states, “A Wall Street Journal analysis finds 12 politically competitive districts in the 22 states that have completed their House maps so far, down from 25 such districts currently.The early figures signal that Republicans are likely to gain the most political power from redistricting. The number of districts with a strong Republican tilt has grown to 77, up from 64 in the current maps, the analysis finds. Districts considered safe terrain for Democratic candidates have grown from 59 to 61. The Journal defined competitive districts as those in which the margin between President Biden and former President Donald Trump in the 2020 election was within 5 percentage points. Districts were considered safe territory for a party if its presidential candidate won by 15 points or more. The analysis excluded states with a single congressional district and included Georgia, where the House map hasn’t formally become law but is expected to do so.”

Here is the original WSJ chart:

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