Here in Ohio, African Americans have been steadily losing their political voice for decades. Because of the way Ohio's legislature draws congressional districts, 12 of Ohio's 16 seats in the House are held by Republicans. Gerrymandering, often along racial lines, allows for a tossup state in presidential races to become dominated by Republicans at other levels. In exchange for creating — and conceding to Democrats — a small number of districts with large minority populations, Republicans benefit from a larger number of overwhelmingly white districts that can more easily be won by the GOP. Forty-two percent of Ohio's black population can be found in just two districts.