Stone: Why Did the Republicans Win the House?
I recently overheard the following conversation:
X: "Obama won a solid victory. The people have made their views clear. They stand with the Democratic Party."
Y: "Not so fast. Remember that the Republicans won a big margin in the House of Representatives. It's really a split-decision."
This is interesting. How could the Republicans have won 55 percent of the House seats at the same time that Mitt Romney received only 48 percent of the popular vote? Did that many people split their vote? It turns out the answer is "no."
Although the Republicans won 55 percent of the House seats, they received less than half of the votes for members of the House of Representatives. Indeed, more than half-a-million more Americans voted for Democratic House candidates than for Republicans House candidates. There was no split-decision. The Democrats won both the presidential election and the House election. But the Republicans won 55 percent of the seats in the House. This seems crazy. How could this be?