When Michigan's count becomes official, it probably won't make the evening news. Did anybody see a news item about New Hampshire finally being called for Clinton? I didn't.
If as-yet uncounted absentees and mail-ins close that 11,000-plus gap, it will be a mere consolation prize for the Clinton campaign, unless 22 GOP electors flip their votes to change the outcome.
But the presidential race is just one story out of many.
Yet Michigan's House delegation will be about 64% Republican, 9 out of 14.
In North Carolina, the vote went 53%-47% for Republicans, but the GOP will have 77% of the of state's representation, 10 out of 13.
The discrepancy in Texas looks benign by comparison: 57% GOP, 37% Dem, 6% other. Only 70% (25 out of 36) of our House members will be Republicans.
This is one reason state legislative elections are so important, especially in the most populous states. In Texas, as in most states, your state legislators are responsible for drawing electoral districts. Republican majorities draw safe Republican districts that are about 60%-40%, and ultra-safe Democratic districts (usually based on ethnicity) that are about 75%-25%. That's how they make the ratio of R's to D's in Congress so out of whack compared with the total vote.
Meanwhile, Democrats get to elect African Americans like Sheila Jackson Lee and Latinos like Gene Green to Congress. (Permission to chuckle granted.)
Don't think for a minute that Democrats wouldn't do something similar, given the chance.
They have in the past.
There was a time within my memory when all 12 of Massachusetts's districts were represented by Democrats. That hasn't changed much: Currently, the Commonwealth has nine House seats, all occupied by Democrats. Blue as Massachusetts may be, you know there are some Republicans living there, because they've recently elected and re-elected two Republican governors (William Weld and Mitt Romney) and erstwhile Senator Scott Brown. But the Massacrats didn't have to try very hard to carve out Democratic districts. In the Information Age, Republican legislators have elevated partisan redistricting to an art and a science.
The good news is that recently, wherever there is an initiative to curb or ban gerrymandering, Democrats have led the charge. Good on 'em for that.
Neither major party can be trusted with the redistricting process. In the 38 states that have more than two Congressional districts, we need multi-partisan or non-partisan commissions to draw electoral maps after each decennial census. Arizona, California, and Washington already have them.