You'll recall a few weeks ago, we talked about how gerrymandering gave Republicans a big advantage in the U.S. House of Representatives. Even though more people in states like Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania voted for Democrats, the state delegations to the 113th Congress tilts decidedly in favor of Republicans.
It turns out the same phenomena occurred in the state legislatures, several of which are now coming into session.
Take Michigan, for example. Democrats got 340,000 more votes than Republicans, but they somehow ended up with 8 fewer seats in the state House:
H/t again to Mother Jones for getting this rolling. After the jump, the results in Wisconsin, Ohio and Pennsylvania.
The results were just as dramatic in Wisconsin. Democrats walked away with almost 172,000 more votes from the November election, but they are represented by 21 fewer delegates in the State Assembly.
In Ohio 57,000 more people voted for Democrats, but Democrats won fewer seats.
Same story in Pennsylvania where Democrats lost by 2 percent of the vote, but have 8 percent less representation in the state House.