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GOP spent $1M in pre redistricting races

Published by Tim McNulty on .

We've mentioned a few times in this space the connection between GOP-controlled redistricting in Pa, congressional wins and (perhaps) GOP plans to rejigger how electoral votes are awarded, in order to boost Republican presidential candidates. RNC chair Reince Preibus -- who hails from a state (Wisconsin) that like Pa voted for Obama but is run at a state level by Republicans -- has lately endorsed the electoral moves.

From the Journal-Sentinel:

""I think it's something that a lot of states that have been consistently blue that are fully controlled red ought to be looking at," Priebus said of the plan to change how electoral votes are granted.

Such a system "gives more local control" to the states, he argued.

The Republican State Leadership Committee told its members in a report issued earlier this month things could have gone a lot worse for the party if it hadn't been working hard to get hold of redistricting in Pa and other swing states in advance of the 2010 election. That included more than $1 million in spending in Pa:

On November 6, 2012, Barack Obama was reelected President of the United States by nearly a three-point margin, winning 332 electoral votes to Mitt Romney's 206 while garnering nearly 3.5 million more votes. Democrats also celebrated victories in 69 percent of U.S. Senate elections, winning 23 of 33 contests. Farther down-ballot, aggregated numbers show voters pulled the lever for Republicans only 49 percent of the time in congressional races, suggesting that 2012 could have been a repeat of 2008, when voters gave control of the White House and both chambers of Congress to Democrats.

But, as we see today, that was not the case. Instead, Republicans enjoy a 33-seat margin in the U.S. House seated yesterday in the 113th Congress, having endured Democratic successes atop the ticket and over one million more votes cast for Democratic House candidates than Republicans. The only analogous election in recent political history in which this aberration has taken place was immediately after reapportionment in 1972, when Democrats held a 50 seat majority in the U.S. House of Representatives while losing the presidency and the popular congressional vote by 2.6 million votes.

. . . Pennsylvania
A REDMAP target state, the RSLC spent nearly $1 million in Pennsylvania House races in 2010 – an expenditure that helped provide the GOP with majorities in both chambers of the state legislature. Combined with former Republican Attorney General Tom Corbett's victory in the gubernatorial race, Republicans took control of the state legislative and congressional redistricting process. The impact of this investment at the state level in 2010 is evident when examining the results of the 2012 election: Pennsylvanians reelected a Democratic U.S. Senator by nearly nine points and reelected President Obama by more than five points, but at the same time they added to the Republican ranks in the State House and returned a 13-5 Republican majority to the U.S. House.

The report was highlighted by the liberal site Think Progress.

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