Tennessee Republicans Poised to Carve Up Nashville to Oust Cooper in TN-05
Maybe Nashville really is the new Austin. Last decade, Texas Republicans split Austin six ways to dilute Democratic votes and seize more seats. This time, Texas Republicans "packed" rather than "cracked" Austin to shore up GOP incumbents. But a few hundred miles to the east, Tennessee Republicans are on the verge of passing a map that divides Nashville three ways, a move that would likely end Democratic Rep. Jim Cooper's (TN-05) four-decade career.