The Institute for Southern Studies released a ranking this week of states where Democrats are underrepresented in the U.S. House of Representatives, and North Carolina came in fourth.
The analysis found that 44 percent of voters here selected a Democratic candidate for Congress this year. If the election results mirrored the state’s partisan makeup by that metric, North Carolina would have seven Republicans and six Democrats in its delegation, according to the study.
Instead, the state will send 10 Republicans and three Democrats to the U.S. House next year. The study found that only Arkansas, South Carolina and Virginia will have delegations that are more unbalanced from the raw statewide vote totals.
Who’s to blame? Republican-dominated legislatures, the study’s authors wrote.
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“A leading culprit in this mismatch between which party voters choose to represent them, and the actual number of representatives that are sent to Congress, is gerrymandering, where the majority party in state legislatures use the once-a-decade redistricting process to draw congressional maps to their benefit,” the study says.