Revenge of The Angry Voter

The latest primaries send home some more House incumbents

INCUMBENCY USED TO PROVIDE A COMFORTABLE cushion for elected officials, especially members of the U.S. Congress. In the past four elections, House members had a re-election rate of over 95%. But the cushion has got rather lumpy in 1992, leaving a lot of sitting solons squirming in -- and sometimes out of -- their seats. Primaries in seven states around the country last Tuesday dumped a few more tenants of the House. The numbers were not sensational: two Congressmen lost their seats. But that brings the total of incumbents rejected in primaries so far to 19, one more than the previous...

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