Candidates of the Democratic Party received 53,952,240 votes, while Republican candidates scored 53,402,643.
However, due to redistricting, Republicans will hold more than half the seats in the House while receiving less than half of overall votes, The Huffington Post reports.
ThinkProgress explains: “Two caveats are necessary in considering these numbers. The first is that all ballots have not been counted, so these numbers will change somewhat as more returns trickle in. (Because the remaining ballots are more likely to be from Democratic-leaning west coast states, it is likely that the Democrats’ margin will increase somewhat over time.)”
The second point is that the given numbers include several California districts where two members of the same party ran against each other, and they do not include districts where a single candidate ran unopposed.
“Nevertheless, the fact remains that the nation is very closely divided over which party should control the House, with Democrats appearing to enjoy a slight edge,” the blog adds.
Thus, currently, Republicans enjoy a 233-192 advantage over the second party, with 10 seats remaining undecided.
“The American people have once again given the House of Representatives to Republicans,” Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Texas), chairman of the House GOP’s campaign arm, said at a victory party in the capital.
It’s easy to count that in a year when Republicans earned less than half the popular vote, they will control a little under 54 percent of the House even if Democrats run the table on the undecided seats.
For example, in Pennsylvania re-elected President Barack Obama scored 52 percent of the vote, when compared with Mitt Romney’s 46.8 percent total.
Similar situations seemed to be elsewhere. President Obama won Virginia, and Democrats took 3 of 11 House seats. Barack Obama won Ohio, but Democrats carried only 4 of 16 seats in Ohio’s House delegation.
However, Democrats won only five of the state’s 18 seats in the House of Representatives.
Slate’s Dave Weigel points out that the “state’s congressional districts have been gerrymandered to keep suburban and rural areas red. Ohio shows a similar trend, with just four of the state’s 16 seats going blue.”
Before Tuesday’s election it was predicted that House Speaker John Boehner and his Republican colleagues would secure enough seats to retain their majority, winning at least 218.
Boehner had previously made clear that House Republicans will not budge on their resistance to tax increases, even if President Obama would win his second term and Democrats hold on to the Senate.
“With this vote, the American people have also made clear that there is no mandate for raising tax rates,” Boehner said at the time.
“What Americans want are solutions that will ease the burden on small businesses, bring jobs home, and let our economy grow. Listen, we stand ready to work with any willing partner – Republican, Democrat, or otherwise – who shares a commitment to getting those things done,” the Speaker added.