Dems Take House Vote by 8 Points for Second Straight Cycle

The Green Papers, which does a great job of tallying the numbers, finds the current spread in the nationwide House vote to be as follows:

Democrats: 58,444,601 votes (52.80 percent)
Republicans: 49,165,306 votes (44.42 percent)

These numbers comport with the exit polling, which showed the Democrats taking the day 54.12 percent to 43.88 percent. In terms of percentage of the electorate, the split between the parties doesn't look too dissimilar from the spread in 2006:

Democrats: 42,082,311 votes (52.0 percent)
Republicans: 35,674,808 votes (44.1 percent)

This is the first time in nearly two decades that either party received 52 percent or more of the vote in two straight elections. The Democrats' 52.8 percent share of the nationwide House vote is also a greater share than the Republicans have earned in any House election since 1946. Not coincidentally, the Democrats now have a larger majority than the Republicans had during their 12 years in power in the 1990s and 2000s -- and a greater majority than the Republicans had in 1952 or even 1946. In fact, you now have to go back all the way to 1928 to find a larger Republican majority in the House of Representatives. So Tuesday wasn't a bad night for the Democrats.

Tags: House 2008 (all tags)


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Dem. Secretaries of State=Fewer Lost Votes

So the difference between the exit polls and the final Democratic totals was 2% to the Republicans. This is very good news and shows the benefits of having several new Democratic Secretaries of State, particularly Jennifer Brunner in Ohio, Mark Ritchie in Minnesota and Deb Bowen in California.

Since exit polls were off by 4% toward the Republicans in 2006 and 7% toward the Republicans in 2004, we've seen HUGE improvements in vote "reallocation" this year. (I know we're not done with getting the US to a truly fair vote, but this represents MAJOR progress over 2006 and even greater progress since 2004.)

Also, a special shout out goes to Florida Republican Governor Charlie Crist, who required paper ballots in all Florida precincts.

A post election donation to the Secretary of State Project would also be in order to keep the momentum going. They targeted and won four races for Secretary of State in 2008 in Montana, Oregon, West Virginia and Missouri. This bodes very well for fair elections in 2010 and 2012 in two states that have always had questions about their voting results, West Virginia and Missouri.

by Hoomai29 2008-11-10 03:46PM | 0 recs


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