No surprise to people who live here, but North Carolina (in a tie with Maryland) was named the nation’s “most gerrymandered state” by the Washington Post’s Wonkblog today.
As writer Christopher Ingraham puts it:
North Carolina Republicans really outdid themselves in 2012. In addition to the 12th district, there’s the 4th, which covers Raleigh and Burlington and snakes a narrow tentacle all the way south to pick up parts of Fayetteville. And then there’s the 1st District, which covers a sprawling arbitrarily shaped region in the northeastern part of the state.
Overall, the North Carolina GOP’s efforts paid off handsomely. Based on their statewide vote share you’d expect North Carolina Democrats to hold about seven seats. But they won only four. This is because an outsized share of the state’s Democratic voters were shunted off into the three highly-gerrymandered districts above.
North Carolina’s 12th district, which “snakes from north of Greensboro, to Winston-Salem, and then all the way down to Charlotte, spanning most of the state in the process,” won the honor of the nation’s most-gerrymandered district.