Essay: THE SENATE: Gains for the G.O.P., but Still Democratic and Liberal

IT would take an electoral earthquake, not just a landslide on Nov. 5, to strip the Democrats of the majority they have enjoyed since 1955 in the U.S. Senate. When the 90th Congress adjourned, they had 63 members to 37 for the G.O.P. Only 34 of the Senate's 100 seats are to be filled this year, including the one that belongs to Louisiana Democrat Russell Long, who is unopposed. A week before Election Day, the outlook is for a G.O.P. gain of anywhere from two to nine seats. That would leave the Senate with...

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