Senate Health Care Vote Breakdown

numbersSteven Taylor (here and here) breaks down the Senate’s party-line vote on the health care bill in some interesting ways.  The upshot:

  • The 60 Yes votes represented 64.22% of the population
  • Only 12 state delegations split their vote: AK, FL, IA, IN, LA, MO, NC, NE, NH, NV, OH, SD  (KY’s Jim Bunning, scheduled to retire did not vote)
  • Several states did not follow their 2008 presidential vote:

    McCain States voting “Yes”:  AR, MT, ND, WV

    McCain states Split:  AK, LA, MO, NE, NH, SD

    Obama states voting “No”:  ND, ME

    Obama states Split:  FL, IA, IN, NC, NV, OH

  • Here’s how it looks when we break it down based on the year they’re up for re-election:
    Yes No
    2010 16 17 +1 (not voting)
    2012 24 9
    2014 20 13
    60 40
  • Of the 33 seats up in 2010, 9 will be open.  Yet all of those Senators still voted along party lines!
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