Printed in the Herald-Times, November 12, 2018.
To the Editor:
Now that Trey Hollingsworth has been re-elected, we will hear the inevitable whining about “gerrymandering” of the Ninth District.
It is impossible for me to take Democrats seriously on this subject, after Democrats in control of the legislature drew a Fourth District that used a sliver of Monroe County to put Lawrence County into the Fourth District in 2001. This took the heavily Republican county away from John Hostettler’s district and kept it away from Baron Hill, putting Bedford in the same district as Purdue but not as IU.
Meanwhile, the 2011 Republican map features compact districts, following county lines and splitting the state evenly.
The reality is that southern Indiana is heavily Republican. The southern half of the state is basically split between the Eighth, Ninth and Sixth Districts, all three of which elect their representatives by large margins. The problem Democrats have in winning those districts is not the maps, it is the demographics of southern Indiana outside of Monroe County. No one is “cheating.”
In a state where Republicans win statewide races by huge margins, it is logical that Republicans will win Congressional seats.