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Intelligence Squared U.S. Debates: Has Gerrymandering Destroyed the Political Middle

November 30, 2016

Red River Radio

It is alleged that the practice of gerrymandering—dividing election districts into units to favor a particular group—subverts democracy by making congressional districts “safe” for one party or the other. As a result, only those voting in primaries are in effect choosing our representatives. Are primary voters more extreme in their views, and therefore pulling democrats to the left and republicans to the right? Or is the impact of gerrymandering overblown? The debaters are Caroline Fredrickson, David Daley, Nolan McCarty, and Chris Jankowski.