Bizarre Data Point: Democrats Lost More Seats in Districts With Better Economies . . .

Today’s WTF Data Point: Democrats Lost More Seats in Districts With Better Economies

Real Time Economics:

“Of the 25 congressional districts hit hardest by the recession—measured by joblessness, poverty rates and housing prices—16 are currently represented by Democrats. Fourteen of them won reelection despite the Republican tide.

Just one of 16 has definitely switched hands: Nevada’s 3rd district, which includes many suburbs of Las Vegas, where the collapse of the housing bubble was especially severe. (The other district, northern California’s 11th, was still too close to call Wednesday. Republican David Harmer was leading by less than 30 votes, according to the Associated Press).”

And what about the districts that had the best economic growth?

“And of the 25 congressional districts that have fared best economically in the past year, 14 currently are represented by Democrats and the party held on to just eight of those. Seats in regions of New York, Virginia, Texas and Louisiana that performed relatively well economically moved into the Republican camp.”

Fascinating, counter-intuitive stuff . . .

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Source:
Democrats Lost More Seats in Districts With Better Economies
Phil Izzo
Real Time Economics, November 4, 2010    
http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2010/11/03/democrats-lost-more-seats-in-districts-with-better-economies/

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