Michael Barone admits that he badly mis-predicted the presidential election, but he remains one of our most acute political observers. (Babe Ruth struck out a lot, too.)
Today, on Real Clear Politics, Barone writes: To Win, Obama Sacrifices House, State Legislatures.
He points out that the Democrats lost only in the U.S. House races, but in state legislative contests, as well:
In state legislative races, Democrats also rebounded from 2010, but fell far short of the losses they sustained then. They went into the 2010 election with 53 percent of state senators across the country and 56 percent of state lower House members. (Nebraska elects its one legislative chamber on a nonpartisan basis.)
Democrats came out of the 2012 election with only 46 percent of state senators and 48 percent of state lower House seats.
The presidential election results looked a lot like 2008’s. But the farther down the ballot you go, the more the results look like 2010’s.
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