According to results posted by the Clerk of the House of Representatives, the voting results for Congress in 2012 were as follows:
Democratic Party candidates – 59,626,252 votes
Republican Party candidates – 58,212,650 votes
Libertarian Party candidates – 1,365,721 votes
Independent candidates – 486,887 votes
Green Party candidates – 369,221 votes
Others – 2,285,289 votes
Yet, even with the Democratic candidates receiving more votes than Republican candidates on a nationwide basis, the Republicans still held the House of Representatives by a 234 to 201 seat count. What matters more: The number of votes on a nationwide basis or the number of seats won by a party?