Pollster: Because of GOP Gerrymandering, NC Democrats Would Need 10 Point Victory To Win State Legislature

Public Policy Polling reports that, although Democrats have taken a four point lead in the generic ballot for control over the North Carolina legislature, the people of that state may now be virtually powerless to elect anything other than a GOP majority. Because of partisan gerrymandering, “it could well take a double digit advantage on the generic ballot for Democrats to win back a majority under these lines and that’s only likely to happen in a wave election year on par with 2006.” Much of the blame for the fact that democracy will now be mostly irrelevant in North Carolina legislative races rests with the Supreme Court, which held 5–4 in a case called Vieth v. Jubelirer that federal courts are powerless to do anything about even the most outrageous partisan gerrymandering.