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  •  Proportional Representation (0+ / 0-)

    Perhaps I'm missing something (and gerrymandering surely plays a role), but I believe the reason the House is nowhere near in play as the Senate is due to the way Senators and Representatives are elected. As Senators are elected by state and Representatives by roughly equal population groups, it doesn't surprise me to see the Senate mimicking the electoral college count, and the House looking more like the popular vote.

    Another reason every state, every district matters.

    •  That's not it. (2+ / 0-)
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      Square Knot, bryduck

      GOP representation is disproportionally higher than it should be in the House due to gerrymandering and a more committed voting base. There are actually many more Democrats (and D leaners) in this country than GOP sympathizers.

      --- Keep Christian mythology out of science class!

      by cybersaur on Fri Oct 05, 2012 at 05:45:07 PM PDT

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      •  Good point. (0+ / 0-)

        I guess I didn't realize just how bad redistricting has been.

        •  And in fact, it is the Senate that (0+ / 0-)

          is out of whack, since the smaller population states tend to be more R than D.

          "Lone catch of the moon, the roots of the sigh of an idea there will be the outcome may be why?"--from a spam diary entitled "The Vast World."

          by bryduck on Sat Oct 06, 2012 at 11:25:08 AM PDT

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