Gerrymandering and North Carolina

After the 2010 elections, the Republican Party gained a majority in the state legislature of North Carolina for the first time since shortly after the Civil War. They promptly gerrymandered both their own districts as state legislators and the state’s Congressional districts.

In the 2012 Congressional elections, Republicans picked up three seats — in spite of the fact that the Republican share of the vote statewide dropped by 4 points. North Carolina’s delegation shifted from 7D-6R to 4D-9R.