1950 Election: A Sharp, Pointed Rebuke for Truman

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President Harry S. Truman in the voting booth during the 1950 elections, Independence, Missouri

Republicans scored a bigger victory than they themselves expected. They came within two seats (49-47) of capturing the Senate, substantially reduced the Fair Deal majority in the House. In the Senate, they had knocked off the top Democratic leadership, including the majority leader, the whip, and chairmen of two major committees. They picked up six seats from their rivals, while the best the Democrats could do was to take one from them in Missouri. The Democrats held precariously to their control of Congress, but for the next two years, at least, the Fair Deal was dead; there would be...

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