How geography complicates Democrats' efforts to win House seats

06/26/2013 | New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

The Democratic Party's quest to pick up seats in the House of Representatives is made more difficult by the existence of certain congressional districts with overwhelmingly liberal populations, Nate Silver writes in this blog post. "These hyper-partisan districts are far past the point where a Democratic candidate for Congress could lose under almost any circumstance, so they create wasted votes for Democrats," Silver explains. But the existence of these liberal enclaves, many of which include "majority-minority" populations, is more the result of geography than gerrymandering, he writes.

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