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What's the Reason for GOP Down-Ticket Dominance?

David Byler, Real Clear Politics

If you’ve been keeping up with the wonky world of elections analysis, you’ve probably heard/read someone summarize the current balance of power in this (or a similar) way: Republicans have a gerrymandered “lock” on a House majority and a small-state advantage in the Senate, while Democrats, because of demographic change, have a big advantage in the 2016 presidential election. The alternative (but not incompatible) narrative is that Republican control of Congress is mostly a result of President Obama’s low approval ratings.