Wednesday, June 5, 2019

The Shape of Things: NC-11

Gerrymandering in North Carolina took away competitive elections and gave us extreme representatives like Mark Meadows.
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The Shape Of Things: NC-11.

The district:
North Carolina's 11th Congressional District.

What's the story?
You're looking at what used to be one of the most competitive congressional districts in the country. Before 2012 (when the most recent maps went into effect), NC-11 was built around -- and, importantly, included -- the city of Asheville. Asheville provided a solid Democratic base, while the surrounding regions leaned more conservative. This meant close, hard-fought campaigns, with moderates winning tight races in the 1990s and early 2000s.

Then, the North Carolina GOP started manipulating the state's district map. They used their power after the 2010 Census to gerrymander the state, carving much of Asheville out of NC-11. By splitting Asheville, they diluted Democratic votes into two districts. This gerrymander was so blatant that in some Asheville neighborhoods, one side of the street stayed NC-11 while the other was moved into NC-10.

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So what's happened to NC-11's congressional elections?
Since the gerrymandering, they're not competitive. Look at these voting margins:

2010 (last year with competitive maps): D+8.6%
2012 (new, manipulated maps!): R +14.8%
2014 (new, manipulated maps!): R +25.8%
2016 (new, manipulated maps!): R +28.2%
2018 (new, manipulated maps!): R +20.4%

It's bad news for North Carolinians who want fair, competitive elections that result in representative government ... not a government filled with politicians who win just because of the party listed next to their names, regardless of their extreme ideas.

What does this lead to in DC?
Those huge margins are more than numbers. They're an invitation to elected officials: You don't have to listen to your constituents. You'll be re-elected anyway. And that's exactly what's happened with Republican Mark Meadows -- one of the most conservative, extreme members of Congress who has somehow represented moderate Western North Carolina since 2012.

He's voted with President Trump 89% of the time, consistently going against common-sense policies supported by most Americans. He has:
  • Supported efforts to repeal Obamacare, ripping coverage away from millions;
  • Voted against requiring background checks for all gun sales; and
  • Scored zero percent from the League of Conservation Voters in 2018 for his record on climate change.
Gerrymandering hurts us all, giving us representatives like Mark Meadows who go to the extremes and don't represent America as a whole. All On The Line is fighting to un-rig districts like NC-11 nationwide. Adopt NC-11 with a monthly donation today.

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