Flip of Michigan legislature highlights role of fair maps


              Michigan Republican House Speaker Pro Tem Pamela Hornberger poses for a photo at the MacDonald Public Library, Monday, Nov. 21, 2022, in New Baltimore Mich. A Democratic swing in the Michigan Legislature highlights the role that redistricting can play in the outcome of elections. Although Hornberger's roughly 300-vote loss in a state Senate race was the closest statewide, she considers the maps drawn by the citizens commission to be fair. (AP Photo/Jose Juarez)
            
              Macomb County Commissioner Veronica Klinefelt poses for a photo inside an office, Monday, Nov. 21, 2022, in Mt. Clemens, Mich. Democratic candidates for the Michigan House and Senate won a majority of votes this year. As a result, they won control of both chambers. Were it not for the new districts, Klinefelt, a Democrat, said she probably would not have run for the Senate. (AP Photo/Jose Juarez)
            
              Michigan Republican House Speaker Pro Tem Pamela Hornberger poses for a photo at the MacDonald Public Library, Monday, Nov. 21, 2022, in New Baltimore Mich. A Democratic swing in the Michigan Legislature highlights the role that redistricting can play in the outcome of elections. Although Hornberger's roughly 300-vote loss in a state Senate race was the closest statewide, she considers the maps drawn by the citizens commission to be fair. (AP Photo/Jose Juarez)
            
              Macomb County Commissioner Veronica Klinefelt poses for a photo inside an office, Monday, Nov. 21, 2022, in Mt. Clemens, Mich. Democratic candidates for the Michigan House and Senate won a majority of votes this year. As a result, they won control of both chambers. Were it not for the new districts, Klinefelt, a Democrat, said she probably would not have run for the Senate. (AP Photo/Jose Juarez)
            
              Michigan Republican House Speaker Pro Tem Pamela Hornberger poses for a photo at the MacDonald Public Library, Monday, Nov. 21, 2022, in New Baltimore Mich. A Democratic swing in the Michigan Legislature highlights the role that redistricting can play in the outcome of elections. Although Hornberger's roughly 300-vote loss in a state Senate race was the closest statewide, she considers the maps drawn by the citizens commission to be fair. (AP Photo/Jose Juarez)
            
              FILE - Protesters attend a meeting of Michigan's new Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission on Oct. 21, 2021, in Lansing, Mich. An Associated Press analysis of election data indicates that Michigan's new state legislative districts reduced the built-in advantage Republicans had enjoyed over the previous decade. It shows that gerrymandering, or the lack of it, can affect the balance of power in legislatures and, ultimately, the policies they pursue. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)
            
              Macomb County Commissioner Veronica Klinefelt poses for a photo inside an office, Monday, Nov. 21, 2022, in Mt. Clemens, Mich. Democratic candidates for the Michigan House and Senate won a majority of votes this year. As a result, they won control of both chambers. Were it not for the new districts, Klinefelt, a Democrat, said she probably would not have run for the Senate. (AP Photo/Jose Juarez)
            
              Michigan Republican House Speaker Pro Tem Pamela Hornberger poses for a photo at the MacDonald Public Library, Monday, Nov. 21, 2022, in New Baltimore Mich. A Democratic swing in the Michigan Legislature highlights the role that redistricting can play in the outcome of elections. Although Hornberger's roughly 300-vote loss in a state Senate race was the closest statewide, she considers the maps drawn by the citizens commission to be fair. (AP Photo/Jose Juarez)