Dave Wasserman, the U.S. House editor of the Cook Political Report and an NBC analyst, is still keeping tabs on incoming votes from the 2018 midterms in a Google spreadsheet, and the numbers show that the Democrats’ “national lead” is up to more than 8.5 million votes.

Um, no.

First, there is no “national popular vote” for either the House or the Senate, despite what Vox’s Ezra Klein might have told you. And second, the numbers don’t mean much when only a certain number of House seats or Senate seats were in play. If your senator wasn’t up for election this midterm, you couldn’t vote, so a “national vote” tally is meaningless.

So what these people are suggesting is not that Democrats swept the election, but rather there were many more Democrats running unopposed, so of course in those cases the Democrats would get 100 percent of the vote. So what’s the point of counting the Democrats’ “national lead”?

For one, it lends credence to the argument that we ought to get rid of the Senate, since there obviously are so many more Democrats in the country and they don’t hold the majority there, so something’s obviously broken.


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