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  •  This has been explained a zillion times here. (7+ / 0-)

    The reason the state can go for Obama and yet still keep a red state legislature is very simple:

    1 - The state electorial college votes are decided by who wins a majority (technically a plurality if a third-party candidate had a strong enough showing to get a three way split) of the popular vote.

    2 - The legislative districts are now heavily gerrymandered in favor of the GOP.

    3 - Putting #1 and #2 together its easy to see how with a close enough margin between red and blue, it's possible for the presidential vote (not affected by gerrymandering) to go one way while the state legislature vote (heavily affected by gerrymandering) goes the other way.

    •  But it wasn't even close (5+ / 0-)

      The popular vote for Assembly was D 52-46 R, a hefty margin.  The result in seats was D 39-60 R.

      Also note Reince Priebus' plot to gerrymander the Electoral College.

      Fake candidates nominated by the GOP for the recalls: 6 out of 7. Fake signatures on the recall petitions: 4 out of 1,860,283.

      by GeoffT on Mon Jan 14, 2013 at 09:06:07 PM PST

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      •  That's not a large enough margin to overcome (1+ / 0-)
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        a really strong gerrymandering.  Really.  It's not.  It's still close enough.

        •  It could be strong enough down to 25%+50 support (0+ / 0-)

          Well, theoretically at least that's enough for a majority of majorities (with even turnout in each district, that is).

          My point though was simply that it seems ridiculous that we have to describe a 6% deficit in the popular vote as "close enough" for a majority.

          Fake candidates nominated by the GOP for the recalls: 6 out of 7. Fake signatures on the recall petitions: 4 out of 1,860,283.

          by GeoffT on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 01:37:04 PM PST

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    •  I wonder if hardship incurs geo-shifts of voters? (0+ / 0-)

      Maybe the district composition (the reason why US Const requires 10 year census) will change faster than 'usual'? or more slowily? I wonder if an econ or demographics specialist has looked at this.

      ♥ Repeal the Capital Gains, Carried Interest & Dividends Entitlements bequeathed to 'more special' taxpayers.

      by in on Tue Jan 22, 2013 at 05:56:34 AM PST

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