Border skirmishes: The gerrymandering game pulling Republicans apart

As House Republicans deftly redrawn congressional electoral borders to their individual advantage, the gerrymandering masters have, nationally, shot their party in the foot.

Alongside the direct election of judges and sheriffs, entrusting elected politicians with the task of drawing electoral maps is among the more puzzling features of American democracy and yet that is exactly how US Congressional districts are determined in most states. Naturally, given half a chance, both Democrats and Republicans wield this power to maximum electoral effect. For today’s Republican Party, however, state-sanctioned gerrymandering has created unintended consequences for which it may pay a heavy price.

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