Friday, August 11, 2006
Michigan's 7th Congressional District
Michigan's 7th Congressional District (indeed, the entire state) is gerrymandering as an art form. It looks like a simple, fair design, following the county boundaries for the most part, and avoiding the wild twists and turns seen in other states.
Despite its appearance, the district has been designed to protect Republican incumbents. Conservative-leaning counties line the southern portion of the district, and the border is careful to include conservative suburbs of Ann Arbor and Lansing without including the progressive cities themselves. Battle Creek and Jackson (the "bluest" cities of the district) are offset by more conservative areas, ensuring that these cities do not add to Democratic margins in other districts.
However, the design is not perfect; it is not an overwhelmingly Republican district. Senator John Kerry won 44.9 percent of the vote. Congressman Joe Schwarz drew only 58 percent of the vote against an underfunded and forgotten Sharon Renier in 2004.
Demographic information via Michigan Liberal:
TOTAL POPULATION 667,542
Labels: 2006 Election
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