Listen: Democrats, Linda Mcnulty, Dj Quinlan discussed on FiveThirtyEight Politics
"This court ruled within two hours of the hearing. And they unanimously reinstated me she was being treated the constitution. The constitution says competitiveness is a factor. And she respected that competitiveness was a factor. And so the commission return to work and passed final maps, and then the proofs in the pudding. Let's see how these lines work in an actual election. And did we really favor. Democrats. Did we end up producing democratic maps? The votes around. The people have spoken in the next hour. We'll find out what Arizona voters had to say. The new maps were used for the first time in two thousand twelve one seat was too close to call for a week and a half. But in the end Democrats swept all three of the competitive districts. The Arizona house delegation was five Democrats and four Republicans in a state that casts almost two hundred thousand more votes for Republicans overall. I thought that people would say, yeah. That you know, they gamed the system, and this is the proof and people did say exactly that various theories emerged as to why the competitive districts performed better for Democrats. Democrats say they put forward better candidates Republicans say Democrats rigged the system, here's Republican commissioners, Scott Freeman I think the key mapping decisions with our districting were done in secret that we learned about much later during a litigation that key maps in. Districts were drawn and the commissioners living room with the interim head of the state Democratic Party sitting right at that Commissioner side in one lawsuit after the maps where past accusations came out that a democratic Commissioner Linda McNulty worked privately with the party's elections director at the time DJ Quinlan to design districts McNulty declined to be interviewed on tape. But I asked Quinlan what worked they did together on congressional district nine it's a district in Maricopa County that Freeman says was deemed competitive, but has actually performed well for Democrats while I helped her who craft her ideas of what she wanted to create within America county. And I don't think it's fair to say that what she created was adopted one hundred percent anything they worked on did have to be presented in a public meeting and debated by the commissioners before it could be adopted the statistics show that marginally marginally favored probably well. All within the margin of error democratic incumbent Kirsten cinema won the ninth district by twenty two point margin in the last election. She's now running to replace Jeff flake in the US Senate Quinlan says she's done well because she appeals to both sides, and she is ranked the single most moderate democrat in the house today, according to her voting record, but given that Quinlan and McNulty did work together on district nine and the Democrats have done. Well, there it's understandable. That Republicans would say that district is an example of the lines being drawn to disadvantage them.."