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August 12, 2014


GOP Has Outplayed Democrats in the States

Morning Line: "Nationwide, Democrats are underrepresented by about 19 seats, according to the Cook Political Report's David Wasserman, who has devoted more time and energy to redistricting than almost anyone in the country over the last few years... In 2012, despite Republicans retaining control of the House, Democrats actually won 1.4 million more votes in House races, or 50.6 percent."

"Why does that matter? Because if the congressional districts were divided based on that, Nancy Pelosi would still be speaker. Democrats would have about 220 seats, two more than needed to pass legislation on things like immigration, infrastructure, etc. But that's not the way it works. Republicans over the last decade devoted a lot of time and energy to state legislative races and won back more governor's seats than Democrats. That's part of the game."












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