Harrisburg pols are skilled at something it appears.
Following up on work by Daniel Denvir at Philadelphia City Paper, state Sen. Daylin Leach today sent reporters a spreadsheet showing how Republicans took 13 of the state's 18 congressional seats last week, despite being outvoted by Democrats by more than 75,000. They did it through expert redistricting that protected Republican candidates while packing Democratic votes into 3 districts in SE Pa and one here in Pittsburgh.
On Nov. 6 winning Dems won by a 185,000 vote average and winning Rs by a 55,000 vote average.
Leach has proposed going to nonpartisan redistricting in 2020. "If this General Election has taught us anything, it's that the will of the people is much stronger than partisan tactics," he said in a statement. "Pennsylvanians deserve a political process that is fair and reflects their best interests, not the interests of one political party. We need to take a long hard look at how the state determines its districts and reform the process."
No doubt a GOP candidate like Keith Rothfus ran a great campaign, and was aided by outside money and anger at Barack Obama, but changes to the PA12 map helped him too. That was supposed to be the most competitive race in the state and sure enough, as the spreadsheet from Leach's's office below using Dept of State data shows, he won with the smallest edge statewide.