GOP won more votes in Connecticut, but not consistently in districts

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan introduces his new tax policy at the National Association of Manufacturers Summit in Washington U.S. June 2

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan introduces his new tax policy at the National Association of Manufacturers Summit in Washington U.S. June 2

The AP scrutinized the outcomes of about 4,700 state House and Assembly seats up for election a year ago, using a statistical method of calculating partisan advantage.

The analysis measuring the "efficiency gap" shows Kentucky Republicans won about three more seats than they should have given their share of statewide votes.

Republican House candidates received 763,824 votes in 2016, compared to 694,720 votes for Democratic candidates.

"There's one answer for that, one word: gerrymander", said Terry Madonna, director of the Center for Politics and Public Affairs at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Only 12 Republicans aren't facing a Democratic challenger in November's election this year, compared to 44 Republicans who ran unopposed or faced only a third party challenger in 2015.

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The 2016 presidential contest was awash with charges that the fix was in: Republican Donald Trump repeatedly claimed that the election was rigged against him, while Democrats have accused the Russians of stacking the odds in Trump's favor.

As a result, Schale said, districts seen as competitive still have a slight Republican edge: "Even the places that are competitive aren't truly like jump balls". Nevada's districts were decided by a court, but Republicans complained at the time that they appeared more favorable to Democrats. Virginia is a swing state where Democrats have won, often by slim margins, every statewide office since 2009.

Traditional battlegrounds such as Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Florida and Virginia were among those with significant Republican advantages in their US or state House races. Yet Republicans won 57 percent of the House seats, claiming 63 seats to the Democrats' 47. "Their problem is weak candidates who run poor campaigns based on bad ideas, not the districts", said House Speaker William J. Howell spokesman Christopher West.

Republicans controlled both MI legislative chambers and the governor's office when the maps were redrawn in 2011.

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Legal efforts by Democrats and others to undo the 2011 boundaries have met with mixed success.

Those behind the amendment successfully sued to have U.S. House and state Senate maps redrawn because they didn't meet constitutional muster, but state House maps went unchallenged. While it also showed Florida Republicans' advantage in Congress was slightly more than should've been expected, it wasn't to the point that clearly indicated gerrymandering.

Only five states had a larger "efficiency gap", or the percent of seats won by Republicans beyond what would be expected based on their statewide average share of votes.

Two researchers who developed the efficiency gap say Kentucky's results are, statistically speaking, not much different than zero. The formula essentially measures and compares each party's wasted votes - those going to the victor in excess of what's needed for victory - in an election and shows that Virginia's GOP votes are more efficiently spread out than Democratic votes.

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