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Is it gerrymandering – or Democratic clustering?

February 14, 2017

The Virginian-Pilot
By Maura Mazurowski & Mary Lee Clark (Capital News Service)

David Toscano, the minority leader in the Virginia House, did the math and didn’t like the results. “All five statewide offices are held by Democrats, and the presidency has been won by Democrats in Virginia for the last three cycles,” he said. “Yet 66 percent of the House of Delegates are Republicans.” The Democrats do better in the Virginia Senate, where they are outnumbered just 21-19 by Republicans. Almost as lopsided as the state House of Delegates is Virginia’s delegation in the U.S. House of Representative: It has seven Republicans and four Democrats.