Analysis finds GOP skew in Republican redistricting plan

Written by The Associated Press | Feb 14, 2018 5:27 AM

(Harrisburg) -- A new analysis by experts shows that a Pennsylvania redistricting plan rejected by Democratic Governor Tom Wolf would have been favorable to Republicans.

The analysis predicts that Republicans would have won 11 of the state's 18 congressional districts under the plan crafted by Republican legislative leaders in response to a state Supreme Court ruling against the current districts.

Republicans currently hold 13 seats.

The analysis used three statistical tests to evaluate the Republican legislative plan.

All three found that the districts were skewed toward Republicans, though two of the tests showed a GOP advantage that was slightly less than under the current districts.

Pennsylvania is the first state analyzed under the new PlanScore website, which was developed by team of political scientists, lawyers and data experts.

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