Redistricting Will Be The Issue Of 2012

When the new legislature is sworn in, they will face many of the same issues that are there every year while the GOP will have the chance to make their mark on key legislation that has long been killed in the House. But nothing will have the lasting impact of the next round of legislative reapportionment. Done correctly, the GOP can cement and expand their majority for at least the next decade.

When you look at current deviations, in almost every case, the biggest gainers were in GOP territory while the biggest losers were seats held by Democrats. Of course, many of those Democrats seats are majority black districts that are generally protected by federal law, but at the same time it is difficult to create districts without people. For now, it will be easier for Republicans to target white Democrats.

Majority in Mississippi
12/29/11