For Wisconsin residents concerned about political gerrymandering, the decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to take up the Gill v. Whitford case is good news. But this case deals only with state legislative districts. The current congressional districts also reflect gerrymandering, but they will not be directly addressed by the Supreme Court deliberations.
A recent analysis by the Associated Press highlighted issues relating to gerrymandering nationwide. Due to gerrymandering in Wisconsin, none of the eight congressional districts is close to competitive. In 2016 the closest race was in District 6, where the Republican defeated the Democrat by about 20 percentage points. Republicans did not even provide a challenger in two of the three districts won by Democrats, and the Democrat won by a landslide in the other.
The results indicate that district lines have been drawn to concentrate Democratic voters in three districts, with Republican majorities in the remaining five districts. It seems likely that, with the current gerrymandered districts, the Republicans will continue to control five of the eight districts even if they capture less than half of the statewide congressional votes.
Congressional redistricting very much needs to be addressed.
Rick Nordheim, Madison