THE HOUSE: Vintage Year for the Incumbent

IF the 93rd Senate, which convenes in January, can be expected to have a more liberal tilt, the balance in the House will move the other way—but ever so slightly. The Republicans had never seriously hoped to capture a House majority; that would have required a gain of 39 seats. But they did anticipate a gain of around 20 in the event of a landslide, which would have approached a standoff. Instead, with one congressional race still undecided, the G.O.P. had to settle for a...

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