Democrats cast 12 million more votes in Senate midterm races than did the Republicans, so what happened?

By | 2018-11-08T11:05:38+00:00 November 9th, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |15 Comments

Yeah, what gives?

Courtesy of The Guardian:

The 2018 midterm elections brought significant gains for Democrats, who retook the House of Representatives and snatched several governorships from the grip of Republicans.

But some were left questioning why Democrats suffered a series of setbacks that prevented the party from picking up even more seats and, perhaps most consequentially, left the US Senate in Republican hands.

Among the most eye-catching was a statistic showing Democrats led Republicans by more than 12 million votes in Senate races, and yet still suffered losses on the night and failed to win a majority of seats in the chamber.

Constitutional experts said the discrepancy between votes cast and seats won was the result of misplaced ire that ignored the Senate electoral process.

Because each state gets two senators, irrespective of population, states such as Wyoming have as many seats as California, despite the latter having more than 60 times the population. The smaller states also tend to be the more rural, and rural areas traditionally favor Republicans.

This year, because Democrats were defending more seats, including California, they received more overall votes for the Senate than Republicans, but that does not translate to more seats.

However, some expressed frustration with a system they suggest gives an advantage to conservative-leaning states.

The real concerns for Democrats, they said, could be found in a combination of gerrymandering and voter suppression tactics that might have prevented them from winning an even larger majority in the House and some key statewide elections.

“The rise of minority rule in America is now unmistakable,” said Laurence Tribe, a constitutional law professor at Harvard University.

If you are a Democrat this had to have pissed you off, I know it did me. 

There are a lot of people who are saying that it is simply undemocratic to keep this outdated system in place, but in this current political climate do any of us think an actual amendment would get passed?

Hell no!

I think right now we need to take our frustrations and focus them on things that we might be able to change such as to pass anti-gerrymandering legislation that would allow non-partisan third parties to draw up voting districts and finally make this a fair fight. 

Once that happens it will not take long for the Dems to dominate and then perhaps we can start thinking about some possible changes to certain amendments. 

Remember Barack Obama said that we could not expect much change after only one election, but by Zeus, we should be able to hold fair elections that move us toward a better future and not constantly see our hard-fought progress dismantled every time the Republicans take office.  

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15 Comments

  1. Whatevs November 9, 2018 at 6:28 am - Reply

    Get rid of electoral College fro starters. Vote Democratic all the way down the ticket – to School Boards and “dog catcher.” While many of those races are supposed to be “non-partisan” local news will usually give you a declaration or a hint based on past behavior or voter registration. If not – ASK. You have that right at campaign events. Then push those state-level folks to get rid of gerrymandering.

    http://nymag.com/intelligencer/2018/05/connecticut-joins-effort-to-overturn-electoral-college.html?gtm=bottom&gtm=top

    • People Govern, Not Money November 9, 2018 at 8:52 am - Reply

      Question 2 created a citizens commission composed of 15 members. The commission was designed to propose amendments to the U.S. Constitution, specifically regarding overturning Citizens United and defining inalienable constitutional rights as belonging to individual living human beings, not artificial entities or collections of human beings. The commission created reports on the following:[1]

      political and election spending in Massachusetts;
      the legal ability of the state government to regulate corporations; and
      proposals for federal constitutional amendments and actions recommended for advancing the proposed amendments.
      The measure was designed to take effect on January 1, 2019, and the commission’s first report is required on December 31, 2019.

  2. LS November 9, 2018 at 7:27 am - Reply

    Every year flyers get distributed in primarily minority neighborhoods. This has happened in Philly and my home town of Charlotte, NC. They say that if you have ever been arrested and you attempt to vote you will be arrested on the spot. Not true. In most states you are still allowed to vote and in no state would you be arrested just for mistakenly attempting to vote. Whoever makes these should be jailed but they never seem to catch them. And voting should either be on Sunday (like most countries) or declared a national holiday. This would limit people having to clock out and lose pay to vote and stop unscrupulous employers from putting the minorities on from 7a-7p and threatening to fire them if they miss a minute of work. This happens in PA where they don’t have early voting. These in addition to a stop to gerrymandering would be huge.

  3. Beaglemom November 9, 2018 at 7:51 am - Reply

    In Michigan the Democrats did well. There was no possibility of regaining the state Legislature but we did reduce the GOP majorities. We are plagued by major gerrymandering here. We did pass two important state proposals: one is to set up citizen panels to determine districting after censuses are taken; the second vastly reforms voting here by restoring the straight party ticket, allowing automatic voter registration as well as same-day registration, easing absentee ballot voting and permitting early voting. These are major strides and were, of course, vehemently opposed by the GOP. They passed easily. We now have a Democratic executive branch and Debbie Stabenow defeated her GOP opponent, for whom the GOP spent a lot of time and effort. We did well but I would have loved to have had our district replace our carpetbagger who prefers life in Louisiana to Michigan as our Congressional representative. And two superb area Democratic candidates were defeated for the state House as a result of vicious, insane advertising by the GOP. So, all in all, we did well as did Democrats all over the country. And, not least of all, we voters in Traverse City once again told the developers that we don’t want tall buildings in our town!

    My brother-in-law reports similar strides for the Democrats in Pennsylvania.

    Progress takes time and we know that the GOP controls most of the money in politics so most of the advertising. And, because Trump sucks up all the air in the universe, the media tends to focus on his tomfoolery and not on the menace that he really represents. In the 1030’s we have to remember that things were so desperate that, after President Roosevelt was elected in 1932, the next midterm gave the Democrats a huge majority in Congress. I guess that, while some of us saw the 2018 election as a similar “call to (political) arms” just as the 1934 one was on an economic “call to arms,” many Americans just haven’t figured out the obvious yet. This country is being led by a lunatic, supported by a crass and greedy GOP.

  4. HRC*tOO November 9, 2018 at 9:04 am - Reply

    https://www.cnn.com/2018/11/09/politics/michelle-obama-memoir-becoming-washington-post/index.html

    “Trump responded to Obama’s book Friday morning, telling reporters: “”I’ll give you a little controversy back”
    “She got paid a lot of money to write a book and they always expect a little controversy.”
    He added that he would never forgive her husband Barack Obama “for what he did to our US military.”
    “I’ll never forgive him for what he did in many other ways,” Trump continued. “What he did to our military made this country very unsafe for you, and you, and you.””

    https://www.cnn.com/2018/11/09/politics/donald-trump-michelle-obama-book/index.html

    https://www.cnn.com/2016/08/09/politics/donald-trump-hillary-clinton-second-amendment/index.html

    “”Hillary wants to abolish — essentially abolish the Second Amendment.
    By the way, if she gets to pick, if she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks. Although the Second Amendment people, maybe there is, I don’t know,” “

    • Anon November 9, 2018 at 11:41 am - Reply

      Melania ‘Be Best’ Trump is the one to respond to Michele Obama’s memoir. Not liar and deflector in chief, Donald Trump. We know Melania admires and reads Michele. Melania says she cares about children. Show you care, Melania.

      Michele was gracious and engaging when Melania, her family and Donald Trump moved into the WH. Melania was gracious in spite of being treated like forgotten baggage by the bully. As a civilized human, Melania would care about how Michele felt with what the bully husband did to Michele’s family. Michele knows it is delicate and difficult to balance a private and public life, she would be kind and supportive of Melania’s mess.

      As a First Lady, Melania, could take to heart what is written and said about her husband’s deeds, her family and her marriage. If Melania won’t or can’t respond to what is said about her bully husband’s effects on others, she is useless and an ineffective first lady, not even a decent trophy wife. This in no way a Be Best. Melania is a failure if she won’t do the right thing now.

      This is an opportunity for Melania to show she can be independent. That she can do something about bullying and bullies. First off tell Michele and the country how sorry a decent person feels.
      Melania address and apologize. Melania is a birther and she is also complicit with Donald, the dangerous bully. People make mistakes, looking at how the Trump family effected another family can be acknowledged, a worthy person can see past mistakes and right them. Melania is part of what Donald did and does to their predecessor family.
      It is not the time to keep burying dark secrets and continue with all the pain Donald and Melania put out into the country and onto others.

      • Anonymous November 9, 2018 at 2:10 pm - Reply

        That will be the day, Melanomia is a birther just like her husband and that jacket was no mistake

  5. Anonymous November 9, 2018 at 12:58 pm - Reply

    Anti-gerrymandering moves will do nothing to change the de facto minority rule in the senate.

    Puerto Rico and DC statehood would help, though.

    • Beaglemom November 9, 2018 at 3:18 pm - Reply

      Anti-gerrymandering rules will affect House elections and state-wide elections. There have been plenty of years when the Democrats have had majorities in the Senate. Basically I agree with either Bill Maher or John Oliver who said recently that there should be one state of “Dakota,” not two. The population is too small to warrant two states. And I would add that Wyoming should not be a state at all, but a national park. Much of the land is owned by the federal government anyway.

      • Anonymous November 9, 2018 at 4:32 pm - Reply

        Lol. You are nuts lady.

  6. Lewsiffer November 9, 2018 at 4:06 pm - Reply

    The Senate, with two seats per state, not based on population is the equitable branch of government; everyone gets two. However what has occurred throughout the last almost 90 years is that the House, which is based upon population and an equitable representation through district apportionment throughout each state has not been adjusted for population growth since 1929. The district representation is way out of whack with the 30,000 per district as was the intention.

    That’s where we fall down in our three-part system, the house is broken and it no longer represents the populace. That needs to be fixed.

    • Anonymous November 10, 2018 at 7:53 pm - Reply

      This. Plus add gerrymandering so sophisticated and blatant no Democratic candidate can win.

  7. Anonymous November 10, 2018 at 2:57 am - Reply

    Gerrymandering.

    They’ve got some districts rigged so Democrats can never win. That will change in 2021 after the census and redistricting now that Democrats gained so many states.

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