We have our own version of the ‘Electoral College’ problem here in the granite state.. at least for the next 8 years.
Last Tuesday granite staters gave Democratic Senate Candidates 17,617 more votes than they did Republican Senate Candidates 51% of the vote. But, if things stay as they are currently (two recounts underway) Dems will only control 45% of the Chamber 11 of 24 seats)
It looks even worse when you consider that the GOP was able to score 18,644 “unanswered” votes in Bragdon’s District 11. Remove that race and the Dem Team builds a 36,261 vote margin or 53% of the state wide vote but do not even have parity rule in the body.
That is why I was happy to hear that Lee Nyquist requested a recount in his close race in District 9 (happening now). Sanborn won this wandering district by just 253 votes 8/10th of 1%. With parity in the Senate in the balance it’s worth the review.
Beautiful towns, but an cartographically ugly district, crossing at least 3 “communities of interest”
There is also a recount scheduled for the tight District 16 Race where Kathleen Kelly lost by 396 votes to David Boutin (a 1.5% margin)
Close races are not bad, but when they are the result of “creative districting” that disrespects communities of interest as egregiously as NH-9 does we should all take note and and try to do better when the opportunity arises again after the 2020 census.
Based on our current Senate districts NH Dems may need to get used to winning popular vote totals while remaining in the minority in the NH Senate Chambers.
(Full Disclosure: I helped with Lee Nyquist’s internet presence during the campaign but was not involved with electoral strategy or the decision to seek a recount)