Republicans win a majority even though they’re a minority

This is interesting:

According to numbers compiled by the Post’s great Dan Keating, Democrats have won roughly 48.8 percent of the House vote, compared to 48.47 percent for Republicans.

Despite losing the popular vote, Republicans are set to have their second-biggest House majority in 60 years and their third-biggest since the Great Depression.

How did this happen? Part comes from the design in the Constitution which means some of the small states have proportionality more seats than the populous states. Part of it is this:

The numbers seem to back up what we’ve been talking about on this blog for a while: Redistricting drew such a GOP-friendly map that, in a neutral environment, Republicans have an inherent advantage.

(A recent Fair Vote study found Republicans were clearly favored in 195 House districts, compared to Democrats being favored in 166. Some of this is because Democratic voters are more concentrated in urban areas, but it’s also because the GOP drew some very favorable redistricting maps in important states like North Carolina, Ohio and Pennsylvania.)

So, Republicans have rigged the deck in their favor. They couldn’t do that for the Senate or Presidential races which is why they lost there. Perhaps there should be some investigation into this or a Supreme Court challenge.

1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. mostlymusing
    Nov 10, 2012 @ 22:43:57

    I would like to see an investigation into this!

    Reply

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