Democrats' Extreme Gerrymandering Backfires, Helps Republicans in 2022 Midterms
Illinois Democrats inadvertently help GOP by redrawing state's congressional districts
A plot by Illinois Democrats is inadvertently helping Republicans in the 2022 midterm elections after their extreme gerrymandering has apparently backfired.
After redrawing the state's congressional districts, it appears that Democrats in Illinois may have actually given Republicans an advantage ahead of next year's elections.
Last week, Dems unveiled their proposed congressional district map for Illinois.
After congressional apportionment, based on the 2020 Census, the move resulted in Illinois losing one House seat.
The proposed map is heavily gerrymandered and was designed to give Republicans just three House seats while Democrats get 14 House seats.
Ironically, prominent Democrats are known for condemning extreme gerrymandering.
Just this month, in fact, former Attorney General Eric Holder condemned "Republican gerrymandering" as a "real danger to our democracy."
Notice that he did not say anything about Democratic gerrymandering because apparently gerrymandering is only a threat to democracy when Republicans do it.
According to congressional districting expert Dave Wasserman, Illinois Democrats — instead of bolstering Democratic control over Illinois' congressional seats — have actually made three seats currently held by Democrats potential toss-ups in the 2022 midterm elections.
"IL Dems appear to have gone out of their way to make their gerrymander *less* efficient," Wasserman explained.
"As proposed (left), #IL03, #IL14 and #IL17 would be close to toss ups in 2022.
"With a few slightly different choices (example, right), 14/17 districts would've been Biden +10 or more."
IL Dems appear to have gone out of their way to make their gerrymander *less* efficient. As proposed (left), #IL03, #IL14 and #IL17 would be close to toss ups in 2022.— Dave Wasserman (@Redistrict) October 16, 2021
With a few slightly different choices (example, right), 14/17 districts would've been Biden +10 or more. pic.twitter.com/gOw2buyqO8
The extreme gerrymandering is so bad, according to Wasserman, that one Republican strategist joked that a GOP "mole" must have helped Democrats draw the map.
"One GOP strategist called this afternoon and joked to me that there 'must have been a Republican mole' in IL Dems' map-drawing room," Wasserman said.
"A DC Dem consultant fuming over the map: 'if you're going to make it that ugly, at least make it more effective.'
"Even in Downstate IL, where Dems face no incumbent constraints, they stranded a few hyper-blue precincts in ultra-red districts, costing #IL13 and #IL17 a few points of Biden margin."
Even in Downstate IL, where Dems face no incumbent constraints, they stranded a few hyper-blue precincts in ultra-red districts, costing #IL13 and #IL17 a few points of Biden margin. TX Republicans weren't that sloppy.— Dave Wasserman (@Redistrict) October 16, 2021
RINO Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), one of the few Republican lawmakers who supported impeaching President Donald Trump earlier this year, released a statement condemning Illinois Democrats for redrawing him into a district that leans blue.
"This redistricting process has been anything but transparent, which comes as no surprise to anyone," Kinzinger said.
"I believe the people of Illinois deserve better."
Meanwhile, Illinois Republican Party chairman Don Tracy called the proposed map "the Nancy Pelosi Protection Plan," owing to the motive of Illinois Democrats to intentionally hurt Republican lawmakers and help Democrats retain control of the U.S. House in the 2022 midterm elections.
"It's appalling that fair representation, keeping communities of interest together, and transparency in the mapmaking process in Illinois all had to take a back seat to the demands of national politics," Tracy said.
While the redrawn map is only a proposal, it may likely be what Illinois lawmakers approve.
Democrats have firm control in the Illinois General Assembly, and Illinois' governor, J. B. Pritzker, is a Democrat.