Of Iowa's voting population of 1,315,563, 2.1%
are black and 2.8% are Latino. Under the current
five-district system, neither black nor Latino voters make
up the majority in any district. Because the percentages
of black and Latino voters are so low, no racial minority
can control their representation even under the proposed
super districting plan.
In the 2000 Presidential election, Al Gore won Iowa with
49% of the vote over George W. Bush's 48%. Iowa's
Democratic partisanship is 50.1%. Under the
current five-district system, two districts can be
considered Democratic, one district can be considered Republican,
and two districts can be considered competitive.
Under the proposed super districting plan, voters would
likely elect two Democrats and two Republicans with one
representative who could come from either party.