Despite Recent Wins for Democrats, Gerrymanders Dim Hopes for 2018

Partisan redistricting and increasingly restrictive voting laws will make next year’s midterm elections uphill battles for Democrats.

For Democrats, signs everywhere suddenly look rosy.They won smashing victories last week in Virginia and other states. With voters giving the Trump presidency and the Republican-led Congress dismal grades, and the Democratic grass roots re-energized, hope is widespread for a takeover of the House of Representatives and a strong run in the Senate in the 2018 midterm elections.But for all the optimism, the elections in Virginia last week vividly reflected why the reality might be a good deal ha...