In 2010, Republicans rode the Tea Party movement into power in the state of Michigan, giving them full control over the redistricting process. The new districts they produced were almost textbook gerrymandering and the result has been exactly what they wanted — Republicans keep their majorities in both state and federal elections while losing the popular vote. The results of last week’s election couldn’t be more clear:
1,536,711 (51.2%) total votes cast for state House Democratic candidates that resulted in 47 Democratic House seats (43%)
1,464,983 (48.8%) total votes for state House Republican candidates result in 63 Republican House seats (57%)
1,483,938 (49.3%) total votes for state Senate Democratic candidates result in 11 Democratic Senate seats (29%)
1,528,393 (50.7%) total votes for state Senate Republican candidates result in 27 Republican Senate seats (71%)
1,506,455 (49.1%) total votes for Democratic congressional candidates result in 5 Democratic congressional seats (36%)
1,458,264 (47.6%) total votes for Republican congressional candidates result in 9 Republican congressional seats (64%)
So, the GOP controls the state House, 63-47, when the outcome with fairly-drawn districts should have been 56-54, with the Democrats in charge.
The Republicans have a 27-11 supermajority in the state Senate but in reality the split should be 19-19. Obviously, the vote totals indicate a 20-18 edge for the GOP was in the cards if the districts were equal, but that’s a far cry from 27-11, which gives the Republicans 71 percent of the seats.
And the GOP has a substantial 9-5 margin in their favor among Michigan’s congressional delegation, but the Democrats actually garnered more votes on Election Night and the House seats should be evenly divided, 7-7.
It doesn’t get any more obvious than that.