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  •  Here comes the Science (0+ / 0-)

    According to the Pew reserch center

    The Democratic Party has achieved a small gain in party affiliation and holds a 33%-29% edge over the GOP in Pew surveys conducted in 2004. This represents a modest shift from the two year period following the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, when the Republican Party had drawn virtually even with the Democrats.

    So why do we lose national elections? because it's not a fair system  .  The voters of small virtually unpopulated western States, have their votes count a lot more than those from a populous state like California.   This is  thanks to the current composition of the Electoral college, (number of Reps+2 for the senators) and the fact that the number of representatives is currently capped at 435, but no state can have less than 1.

    This means that a state like Wyoming with its 509,000 people still gets 3 electoral votes or one electoral vote  for every 16,966 voters.  Now California has 55 electoral votes but a population  of 33,871,64.  This  works out to one electoral vote for every 61,585 people

    Which means that it takes 3.62 Californians to have the Same impact on a national election as just one citizen of Wyoming.  And Guess which way most of the under populated Western States Lean in national elections?   Now guess which way the most populous states lean.

    Knowledge is power Power Corrupts Study Hard Be Evil

    by Magorn on Thu Jun 29, 2006 at 12:13:11 PM PDT

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    •  My radical immigration plan (0+ / 0-)

      is to force all new immigrants to settle in Wyoming and The Dakotas.  Lets close Texas, California, New York and Florida.

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      by naufragus on Thu Jun 29, 2006 at 12:38:27 PM PDT

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    •  'far more' (0+ / 0-)

      How do those numbers support your contention above that the country is "far more" Democratic than Republican?  It's a 4 pt. plurality -- not even in the ballpark of a majority -- that was even smaller a few years ago.

      Also, to your contention that gerrymandering makes districts less competitive, see Alan Abramowitz's study to the contrary.

      And it will take more than fixing the electoral college math to make Dems win national elections.  We lost the popular vote in '04 by more than 3%.

      ~~~~~~ Be sure to check out Professor Derwood Cardinal's Poli-Scienticious Blogging Orgasmaganza ~~~~~~

      by cardinal on Thu Jun 29, 2006 at 01:23:53 PM PDT

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