07 Nov

Bigger story of the election is a badly gerrymandered house

I’ve seen a few conservatives maintain that the House remaining Republican demonstrates there is no mandate for Obama.

Yet the reason for this has been some of the biggest redistricting and gerrymandering to maintain that:

Although a small number of ballots remain to be counted, as of this writing, votes for a Democratic candidate for the House of Representatives outweigh votes for Republican candidates. Based on ThinkProgress’ review of all ballots counted so far, 53,952,240 votes were cast for a Democratic candidate for the House and only 53,402,643 were cast for a Republican — meaning that Democratic votes exceed Republican votes by more than half a million.

The truth is, without all that maneuvering, you’d be looking at a more balanced House, which I find interesting.