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David Mayhew Blogs About Why 2012 is Not 1996, Over at the Monkey Cage

Why is it that Republicans kept their majority in the House even though Democrats won more popular votes?

David Mayhew, Sterling Professor of Political Science at Yale University and Resident Faculty at ISPS, guest-blogged about this in a post titled, “Earning More Seats with Fewer Votes: Why the 1996 House Election Results are Not Necessarily a Good Analogy for 2012,” on the Monkey Cage on December 6, 2012.

Mayhew explains how this disparity happened, and compares this year’s results to the 1996 election, which saw a similar disparity. His conclusion: 1996 appears similar to 2012, but upon close examination it is very different. read the post for more!