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Blame gerrymandering

Forty million more Americans voted in 2012 than in the Republican wave of 2010. So you still think becoming more narrow-minded is the solution to win back the White House? The Republican Party issued an autopsy report of our failed 2012 presidential election run in 2013. You can read it for yourself at goproject.GOP.com.

Expand the base, it said. In 2012, 83 percent of minority voters didn’t vote GOP. Neither did 55 percent of women. Meanwhile, the latest NBC/Wall Street Journal Poll has Trump losing to either Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders by 13 percent and 18 percent, respectively. Ted Cruz would lose too, but is closer. Marco Rubio Is tied with Clinton.

Gerrymandered safe districts in state legislatures - which have exiled the opposition to other legislative districts - as well as congressional districts have led to these unrealistic expectations largely because people don’t vote in mid-terms.

So an insulting bully who may soon be tried for fraud in New York, or a far right silver tongued newbie senator can win in November? Their very presence on the ballot will boost new voters from the record 62 percent that didn’t vote in 2014.

We gerrymandered our own misery. At least California and Arizona have seen the light with reforms.

Mike Reno

Post Falls


 

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