THE HOUSE: New Faces and New Strains

As the Democrats rolled up their largest majority in the House in a decade, the gains were spread thinly but widely across the U.S. Except for an impressive five-seat switch in once-Republican Indiana, the pickup was piecemeal: another five seats in New York's big delegation; four each added in New Jersey and California; mostly singles and doubles, if any, in other states. Yet the net result was a solid 43-member boost for the Democrats, providing a 291-to-144 advantage—big enough for majority leaders to ram through almost any legislation they desire but not...

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