National Affairs: It Happened in '84

One of the traditions established by U.S. political history is that the party which elects a President also wins a majority in the Senate. Last exception to that rule was in 1884, when the voters sent Democrat Grover Cleveland to the White House in his first term and left the Senate with a Republican majority. There may well be another exception in 1952, if a Republican is elected President.

Of the 34 Senate seats to be filled this year, 20 are held by Republicans and only 14 by Democrats, five of them, from the solid...

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