Monday, November 15, 2004

Small Comfort (But We'll Take It) 

Courtesy of our revered colleague Avedon Carol: Blogger RJ of Night Light came up with a stat we hadn't seen before. Nationwide, Democratic candidates for the Senate received 3,184,943 more votes, all told, than their Republican counterparts:
Disproportional representation in the Senate accounts for the difference. Barbara Boxer's margin of victory in California alone (1,956,938 votes more than her Republican challenger), is greater than the Republican margins in Florida, Kentucky, Louisiana, South Dakota, North Dakota, North Carolina, South Carolina, Oklahoma, New Hampshire, Missouri, and Utah put together. This may be the most votes ever received nationally by a political party for a Senate campaign.
For purposes of comparison: The Bush Mandate . . .

. . . vs. the Democratic Senate Mandate:

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