Here is the Complaint: Some Democrats are complaining about the ‘Senate popular vote.’ It’s still not a thing.

I swear to you, somebody today will come up to me and because of this skewed logic will tell me that the loss of the Senate seats meant that the elections were unfair. I am serious, they will. Even worse, even Joy Behar said that Republicans won the senate because of gerrymandering. The states are not divided into districts in senate races. She has what I would consider to be a fairly hard job to get. One that, you would think, would require some smarts. Apparently not.


Democrats didn’t win everywhere Tuesday night, despite their clear momentum. They won over the House and some governor seats, but they also lost seats in the Senate, making their path back to the majority there more difficult than it was before.

How could that be? Unfairness, of course.

Now that the results have rolled in, some have begun citing a so-called Senate popular vote. It goes like this: Democrats won lots more votes, but they somehow lost seats. Here’s a sampling:

But the Senate popular vote is a bogus stat for a whole host of reasons. It’s true that the Senate isn’t set up particularly favorably for Democrats — there were 30 red states in the 2016 election and 20 blue ones, and the many small red states such as Wyoming have the same number of senators as exponentially more populous blue states such as California and New York — but the Senate popular vote is not a stat that tells that tale.

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