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Is Racial Gerrymandering Going Out of Style?

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Is Racial Gerrymandering Going Out of Style?

The Wall Street Journal September 14, 2021
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Some liberals are coming around to the view that white voters will elect black candidates.

With apologies to Stephen Sondheim, a funny thing has happened in the redistricting battles leading up to next year’s midterm elections. Democrats have discovered that divvying up voters by race might not be such a good idea.

For decades, Democrats have operated under the assumption that white voters wouldn’t pull the lever for black candidates. They clung to this belief even after majority white cities had elected black mayors, majority white states had elected black governors and senators, and a majority white country had elected a black president. When Barack Obama won the presidency in 2008, he performed better among white voters in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas and Virginia than John Kerry did in 2004 and Al Gore in 2000.

Continue reading the entire piece here at The Wall Street Journal (paywall)

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Jason L. Riley is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, a columnist at The Wall Street Journal, and a Fox News commentator. Follow him on Twitter here.

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