So, in the same year that Culberson was re-elected, a slim majority in the district voted for Hillary Clinton.Gerrymandering is not only designed to preserve majorities.It’s also designed to preserve cynicism and non-participation.When I’ve been out on the campaign trail, I’ve found one thing is reliably true.And it was effective: in the 2004 elections, six incumbent Democrats lost in Texas.This helped the Republican Party increase its House majority by three additional representatives—in a year when the Democratic share of the popular vote rose nationally.So I was stunned to see that Obama was ahead of Romney by two. You would expect every race to be hotly contested, wildly expensive, and closely watched. In 2003, the districts were changed by Tom De Lay, the former congressman and House majority leader later convicted for election violations.
No representative has to take into account people who disagree with him or her.One touches Louisiana; one goes halfway to Dallas; one runs from northwest Harris County to the northern half of Travis County, putting parts of Austin and Houston in the same district. Urban, Democratic-leaning voters are grouped into as few districts as possible, or divided into little parcels and grouped with Republican exurbs and rural areas.The process is known as “packing and cracking.” Travis County, which contains the nation’s eleventh largest city, Austin, has about 1.2 million people, almost enough for two complete districts. One stretches down to the Mexican border; another all the way up to Fort Worth, almost two hundred miles away.Whenever I speak about this issue, I hear the same thing: Americans are tired of living under a rigged system. This, for example, is the 7th Congressional District, where I’m running.pic.twitter.com/6PO6Ht FXxs — Laura Moser (@lcmoser) December 3, 2017 2.