Election '84: The Senate: Landslide or No, The G.O.P. Margin Shrinks

Helms stays, Percy goes, and youthful newcomers march in

For downcast Democrats, the results of Senate races provided the one swath of cheerful news. The party did not regain the majority control it lost in 1980, but the power has shifted a solid bit its way. The net gain of two seats will reduce the G.O.P. majority to 53 to 47. Moreover, the ideological tilt will be even greater than the simple partisan tally indicates, since the two lost Republican seats are going, in effect, to liberal Democrats. Because of the shift, the Senate...

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