Monday, November 14, 2016

Democrats won popular vote in the Senate, too

Paul Singer , USA TODAY 6:17 p.m. EST November 10, 2016

The White House may not be the only institution in Washington that Democrats lost on Tuesday despite getting more votes than Republicans.

It turns out that Democrats also got more votes for the U.S. Senate than Republicans, and yet Republicans maintained their majority on Capitol Hill.

In results that are still preliminary, 45.2 million Americans cast a vote for a Democratic Senate candidate, while 39.3 million Americans voted for a Republican. (In the White House race, as of Thursday afternoon, Clinton had 60.1 million votes and Trump had 59.8 million.)

The problem for Democrats is that, much like the Electoral College, the number of votes matters less than where those votes are cast.
[Since only a third of the members of the Senate are elected every two years, there is a limit on how much change there can be in any one election.]


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