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1 Questions?
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2 “Critical Elections” Elections in American politics where there was a massive swing in # of seats controlled by a party In both 1854 & 1894, there was only a moderate vote swing, but… 1854: Democrats lose 74 House seats (in a chamber of only 234 total) 1894: Democrats lose 114 (chamber total of 357) What can explain the big shift in seats?!
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3 An Example Dem-Repub Breakdown Need to create 3 districts 25-8 25-8 1-32 25-8 25-8 1-32 25-8 25-8 1-32
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4 Option 1 2 Secure Demo Seats 75-24 75-24 3-96
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Option 2 3 Seats Demo Now! “Efficient Gerrymander” 51-48 51-48 51-48
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6 Advantage/Disadvantage of Each? 51-48 51-48 51-48 75-24 75-24 3-96
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7 Districting in the 1800s Around 1850 & 1890 Democrats controlled districting in majority of states (i.e., controlled state governments) What is approach to districting today? Why? In 19 th Century, Dems pursued “Efficient Gerrymander” approach Why?
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8 Districting Explains the Critical Elections!
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This note was uploaded on 04/16/2008 for the course POL 140A taught by Professor Scheiner during the Spring '08 term at UC Davis.

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