smartmoney saidIt's the party of idiots and morons. I doubt they can ever win a national election again. Without gerrymandering there would not even be a majority of extremists in congress. They are the modern Whig party.
2014 election analysis shows that more Democratic US House candidates received votes than Republicans overall across the US. BUT, Republicans won the House.
This trick was due to gerrymandering, the reshaping of Congressional districts by State-level Republicans to favor Republican candidates. The non-intuitive election result of Republicans having taken the House is possible due to the "wasted vote" strategy.
You give Democratic candidates extremely heavy Democratic districts, where the Democrat wins by a super majority he/she doesn't need. Hence the "wasted votes" that might otherwise have gone against a Republican candidate elsewhere in a more traditionally-shaped district.