AP analysis indicates Idaho district lines favor Republicans

AP analysis indicates Idaho district lines favor Republicans

AP analysis indicates Idaho district lines favor Republicans

The partisan tilt was more than any other state, except for Texas, according to AP's national analysis. The data also doesn't identify any particular districts where the legislative map might give Republicans a boost.

For its analysis, the AP scrutinized all 435 U.S. House races in November using an "efficiency gap" statistical method created to calculate partisan advantage.

The analysis examined the share of votes cast for Republican and Democratic candidates in each district and projected the expected number of seats each party would gain if districts were drawn so that neither party had an overall advantage. The map was drawn behind closed doors, and mapmakers released no records to explain their strategy. It was the opposite of 2014, when a similar analysis showed Democrats had a slight advantage in the same districts. Idaho has only two districts, both of which were won by Republicans in November.

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The efficiency gap method was designed by University of Chicago Law professor Nick Stephanopoulos and researcher Eric McGhee at the Public Policy Institute of California.

The methodology has been cited as "corroborative evidence" in a ruling that Wisconsin Republicans engaged in unconstitutional partisan gerrymandering for state Assembly districts.

The efficiency gap is the subject of a lawsuit before the U.S. Supreme Court.

It usually works by either splitting up voters from an opposing party across several districts to dilute their vote-called "cracking"-or concentrating them in one district so their votes are over-concentrated on a single race - called "packing".

Republicans have controlled the Idaho Legislature for almost six decades, but a national Associated Press analysis shows that the state GOP may have gained even more control last fall with the help of Republican-friendly districts.

Although most of Missouri's unopposed candidates were incumbents, some newcomers seeking open seats also cruised to victory without major-party opponents. So a party that receives 55 percent of the statewide vote could expect to win 60 percent of the legislative seats. That results in a 47 percent efficiency gap heavily favoring Democrats, but both races were close, and if fewer than 5,000 votes had switched in either district, the efficiency gap would be almost even. Among the two dozen most populated states that determine the vast majority of Congress, there were almost three times as many with Republican-tilted U.S. House districts.

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