National Affairs: The Northeast

Republicans had feared a real pasting in the Northeast, which had many of the unemployment spots on which the Democrats placed high hopes. If anything, most G.O.P. politicians were a bit relieved by their party's loss of just eight seats—three in Pennsylvania and one each in West Virginia, Delaware, Maryland, New York and Massachusetts.

Pennsylvania's switches came in three hairline districts that parted this time on the Democratic side. Example: in Luzerne County, where chronic unemployment among hard-coal miners has grown worse, former Democratic Representative Daniel Flood, a waxed-mustache dandy who likes...

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