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Topic - Gibbs Knotts
The decade-long Republican control of South Carolina government has resulted in congressional districts increasingly safe for the GOP and has marginalized conservative white Democrats who for decades ran the state where the Civil War began.
Mark Sanford's plea for forgiveness succeeded with South Carolina voters on Tuesday, and now his Republican colleagues will have to decide whether they, too, can forgive him.
Knotts, though, says something is lost with such districts.
"I've not seen a study that links redistricting to the decline of trust in government but that's a good research question," he said. "In the places where the districts are more screwy do people rate the level of representation they receive lower?"