Republicans in the State legislature of Oklahoma are taking measures through redistricting to ensure that the 2018 midterms upset that saw Democrats picking up in the state does not happen again. This article by Jacob Rubashkin is published by Inside Elections. Here is an excerpt:
Oklahoma was home to one of the most surprising results of the 2018 midterm elections when Democrats picked up a deeply Republican district in the heart of the state.
So when this year’s redistricting process rolled around, Republicans in the Oklahoma state legislature took care to ensure such an upset would be far less likely in the coming decade.
That meant parceling out the state’s most populous county, the Democratic-trending Oklahoma County, to three different districts to diffuse the region’s burgeoning Democratic voter base.
The result is a map that should elect five Republicans to five congressional districts without much difficulty for the coming decade.
Read the full article here.