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Virginia GOP Got 51% of U.S. House Vote, 73% of Seats

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UntitledDavid Wasserman’s national House popular vote data now shows Democrats got significantly more votes than Republicans – a lead of 49.15% to 48.03% for a margin of 1.362 million votes. It was gerrymandering – not the will of the people – that gave Republicans a 33-seat majority. How did it look here in Virginia?

Popular votes cast in Virginia U.S. House races for …

Democrats: 1,806,050 (49%)

Republicans: 1,876,699 (51%)

U.S. House seats won by …

Democrats: 3 (27%)

Republicans: 8 (73%)

At ThinkProgress.org, Iam Millhiser estimates Democrats would have to win the national popular vote in the House by 7.25% to win a majority of House seats. With 2006 district lines, roughly that same national margin gave Democrats a 31-seat majority – but with 2014’s gerrymandering, it would barely give Democrats control of the chamber. And with more safe Republican districts come more extreme Tea Party members – Republicans know they face just as big a threat in the primary as they do in the general election.

This is a problem that can only be solved on the national level. It does us no good if only some states go to nonpartisan redistricting – then power accumulates with the parties that control the gerrymandered states and you’re just rewarding the bad actors.  

  • Paba

    Every seat that gets us closer to a majority of fairly distracted seats counts.

    The more states that do it, the more the others not doing it look like partisan outliers.

  • to gerrymandering. Here in Virginia, for instance, we strongly opposed the 2011 gerrymandering fiasco:

    http://bluevirginia.us/diary/5

    “The biggest strategic mistakes Virginia Democratic leaders made in 2011 were their adoption of a flawed, hyper-partisan Senate redistricting plan combined with very poor candidate recruitment for both the Senate and HOD.”

    http://bluevirginia.us/showDia

    “The Saslaw/Whipple plan should be repudiated because it is the product of top down, hierarchical, dictatorial planning designed to protect individual incumbent Democratic Senators behind a supposed “firewall” to preserve a Democratic majority in the Virginia State Senate. This “planning” is bad policy and bad politics. The general public and editorial writers across the Commonwealth have the common sense to realize that this process is decidedly un-democratic.”

    http://bluevirginia.us/showDia

    Potential Gerrymandering of 31st State Senate District Stirs Up Hornet’s Nest

    etc, etc.