The bottom line: There were a lot of Republican-leaning House districts “represented” by Democrats. But this year’s Senate races were mostly played on “blue” turf.
The Cook Partisan Voting Index tracks just how Republican or Democrat a district is. A CPVI of R+1 means that, in the last two presidential elections, the district voted more Republican than the rest of the nation by 1 point.
Here are the House districts the Republicans picked up yesterday, along with their CPVIs:
A sea of red. Republican voters in these districts realized that the “moderate” Democrat is a myth. A vote for, say Bobby Bright (D-AL), is actually a vote for Nancy Pelosi. So they voted for the Republican party’s candidate instead.
But look at the CPVIs of the Democrat Senate seats that were up for grabs yesterday:
A morass of blue. It’s a miracle that the GOP might pick up as many as 7 seats out of that bunch.
The good news? 2012 and 2014 feature much more favorable terrain in Senate races. Harry Reid’s days as Majority Leader are numbered.