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Old 11-08-2018, 04:03 PM
Tom Tildrum is offline
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Originally Posted by Velocity View Post
There's an unofficial sort of natural gerrymandering that happens with the Senate, because Democrats tend to concentrate themselves in a few highly populated states such as Illinois, California and New York, whereas Republicans are widely dispersed in rural, low-population states like Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, the Dakotas, etc.

So this packs Democrats into states that add up to few Senators while Republicans spread themselves broadly and collect a lot more Senate seats.

Of course, there are a few Democratic states that achieve the same effect - Delaware, Rhode Island, etc. But not as much as Republicans do in the Midwest.
Originally Posted by DSYoungEsq View Post
The Senate is intentionally gerrymandered. It's designed to over-value the power of less-populated states. As it currently stands, that leads to GOP strength, since the GOP currently is the party of the rural white voter (not always true in the past by a long shot!).

Thus, the over-representation in the Senate by the GOP.
Respectfully, these analyses get the issue backward. The Democrats had 55% of the overall votes in Senate races, according to the "popular vote" counts going around, but they won two-thirds of Tuesday's Senate races. In other words, the actual 2018 Senate voting results were heavily skewed to over-represent Democratic voters.

Presumably that's equally unjust, of course.