A hidden cost of gerrymandering: When even competitive seats are rendered uncompetitive

Last week, we discussed one of the true perils of gerrymandered legislative bodies—the relative paucity of competitive districts where either party enjoys a legitimate chance of victory. Among the most egregious examples: the fact that just eight percentof the state legislative seats in North Carolina are marginal seats, despite the fact that the state was very competitive on election night in 2012 (Mitt Romney carried it by a modest 50-48 margin).

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