Republicans Foil What Majority Wants by Gerrymandering

… Democrats fell 17 seats short of winning a House majority in 2012, even as their congressional candidates drew about 1.4 million more votes than Republicans nationwide, according to data compiled by Bloomberg News. …

The election results mean House Republicans will have the power to block or demand amendments to President Barack Obama’s agenda. …

The variance between the nationwide partisan vote total for House candidates and the Republican-Democratic seat split in the chamber is caused by demographics and redistricting, the once-a-decade redrawing of political boundaries that Republican-controlled statehouses dominated following the 2010 census. [cont.]

Chris Christoff & Greg Giroux, Bloomberg News