In addition to gerrymandering, there appears to have been another built-in advantage for conservative candidates in Tuesday’s election: It’s easier to vote in conservative, Republican areas.
This from Talking Points Memo:
“Voters across the country complained about long waits in states around the country, as long as seven hours in quadrenially troubled Florida, where Republican Gov. Rick Scott dramatically reduced early voting days despite similar issues in 2008.
If Democrats think measures like Scott’s in Republican-controlled states depress their vote specifically, they may be onto something. A Hart Research study sponsored by the AFL-CIO found wait times were disproportionately longer for Democrats and Democratic-leaning demographics by huge margins in 2012. For example, 16 percent of Obama voters reporter lines longer than 30 minutes, versus just 9 percent of Romney voters.”
And obviously, this was all a great big, unintentional coincidence.