The Dems got killed by an economy that had nearly went over the cliff two years earlier and the republicans with their promises and constant mantra about how they were going to create jobs. Yet they didn't introduce one jobs bill and blocked anything Obama was trying to do.
This election was really close.
Again, if a republican had those numbers they'd be calling it a mandate!
btw Romney has already conceded FL.
Dr. Lecter (11-09-2012)
Dems lost 6 Senate seats and 63 house seats. This wasn't close to that. Midterms are a completely different animal to begin with.
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Redistricting Helped Limit GOP’s House Losses
House Republicans and Democrats both found reasons to celebrate Tuesday night, knowing this much about the 2012 elections: It could have been worse.
House Republicans, who executed a smart and carefully crafted strategy to hold the chamber by shoring up incumbents in redistricting and making strong plays against Democratic Members, kept control of the House by a wide margin. They looked poised to lose about seven seats in net by the end of Wednesday. But given President Barack Obama’s re-election, the comfortable Democratic victories in the Senate and Republican losses, House Republicans were victorious in avoiding what could have been a much more painful fate.
For example, Democrats picked up four seats in Illinois, a state where there was a partisan gerrymander in their favor. Republicans picked up at least three seats in North Carolina, a state where the GOP had the power of the pen.
But because Republicans controlled more levers of power in more states and, thus, the redraw of more districts, they had a considerable edge going into 2012 — and will have an edge in future cycles.
The National Republican Congressional Committee said in a memo that GOP strength in redistricting had made 17 “endangered” Republican-held seats safer. Democrats dispute that, and the long-term number is probably less, but state redraws were undoubtably a boon to the GOP this cycle.
Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (Ga.), the NRCC’s vice chairman for redistricting, surveyed the landscape in a short interview with Roll Call.
He noted that almost all of the Republican Members helped by redistricting survived. And Westmoreland, known as crafty strategist, said he liked what he saw for Republicans over the next four cycles, having counseled state legislators to draw maps with an eye toward changing demographics over the decade.