Election '82: Losing a Fragile Coalition

For Republicans, the House is not a home

Superficially, the new House of Representatives elected last Tuesday is primarily the old House. Of the 382 Democrats and Republicans running for reelection, only29—26Republicans and three Democrats—lost. But the results also disclose important shifts, some obvious, some subtle.

The most immediately apparent switch, of course, is the net Democratic gain of 26 seats. Assuming that the Democrats score expected victories in two Georgia seats that, because of late redistricting, will not be filled until special elections on Nov. 30, the House will consist of 269 Democrats...

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