Of Kansas' voting population of 1,072,214, 5.7% are
black and 7.0% are Latino. Under the current
four-district system, no racial minority makes up a majority
of any of the four congressional districts. Under the
proposed super districting plan, minority voters supporting
a candidate with crossover appeal could, in coalition with
white voters, elect a candidate of choice.
In the 2000 Presidential election, George W. Bush won
Kansas with 58% of the vote over Al Gore's 37%. The
state's overall Democratic partisanship is
38.8%. However, under the current four-district
system, no Democrats could elect a candidate of choice; all
four districts have Republican district partisanships.
Under the proposed super districting plan, voters would
likely elect two Republicans and one Democrat with one
candidate who could come from either party.