Trying to thread the needle: The effects of redistricting in a Georgia congressional district

M. V. Hood, Seth C. McKee

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Abstract

In 2005 the Republican-controlled General Assembly redrew Georgia's congressional districts in order to gain additional seats in the 2006 midterm election. In this article we present a case study of the effects of redistricting on turnout and vote choice in Georgia's District 8 in the 2006 U.S. House election. It is apparent both from our findings and an elite interview, that unlike the more aggressive strategy employed by Texas Republicans in 2003, Georgia Republicans tried to thread the needle in their goal of winning District 8. Conventional wisdom suggests that if a political party controls redistricting it will maximize its electoral opportunities. But this was not the case in Georgia.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)679-687
Number of pages9
JournalPS - Political Science and Politics
Volume42
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2009

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