The Senate’s 46 Democrats got 20 million more votes than its 54 Republicans

VOX Reagabite33 US senators elected in November will be sworn in today by Vice President Joe Biden — including 12 who are new to the chamber. The class includes 22 Republicans and 11 Democrats, a big reason why the GOP has a 54-46 majority in the Senate overall.

But here’s a crazy fact: those 46 Democrats got more votes than the 54 Republicans across the 2010, 2012, and 2014 elections. According to Nathan Nicholson, a researcher at the voting reform advocacy group FairVote, “the 46 Democratic caucus members in the 114th Congress received a total of 67.8 million votes in winning their seats, while the 54 Republican caucus members received 47.1 million votes.”

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  1. Roger Rabbit #

    Anyone still want to argue that Republicans are the “majority party”?

  2. Roger Rabbit #

    Maybe it’s time to amend the Constitution so we have proportional representation in the Senate, too. There’s no good reason for Iowa or Wyoming to have the same number of Senators as New York or California.

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