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U.S. Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) (3rd L), Rep. Chris Gibson (R-NY) (L), Rep. Rick Nolan (D-MN) (R) and Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC) (2nd L) prior to a news conference on Syria on June 27, 2013 on Capitol Hill.

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U.S. Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) (3rd L), Rep. Chris Gibson (R-NY) (L), Rep. Rick Nolan (D-MN) (R) and Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC) (2nd L) prior to a news conference on Syria on June 27, 2013 on Capitol Hill.

Primaries Deciding Races in Republican-Drawn Districts

Demographic shifts and the configuration of congressional districts have helped limit the number of politically competitive districts in the Nov. 4 elections. Many of these districts are so one-sided that victory in the party primary is tantamount to a general...

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Rep. Allyson Schwartz in Philadelphia.

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Rep. Allyson Schwartz in Philadelphia.

Why Republicans OK Conceding Schwartz’s Pennsylvania District

Republicans don’t have much of a chance at winning the Philadelphia-area congressional district that Democratic Rep. Allyson Schwartz plans to give up to run for governor next year. And that’s just fine by Republicans. That’s because Republicans who redrew district...

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California Citizens Redistricting Commission member Vincent Barabba, left, watches as Secretary of State Debra Bowen certifies one of the new legislative and congressional maps in Sacramento, Calif., in this file photo.

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California Citizens Redistricting Commission member Vincent Barabba, left, watches as Secretary of State Debra Bowen certifies one of the new legislative and congressional maps in Sacramento, Calif., in this file photo.

Grading California’s Congressional Map

The California congressional district map used for the Nov. 6 election was the first crafted by an independent redistricting commission. The idea was to draw more compact and competitive districts than the map it is superseding, a document drawn by partisan...

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Rep. Leonard Boswell, D-Iowa, left, talks with Rep. Tom Latham, R-Iowa, during a Statehouse rally in Des Moines, Iowa.

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Rep. Leonard Boswell, D-Iowa, left, talks with Rep. Tom Latham, R-Iowa, during a Statehouse rally in Des Moines, Iowa.

Wall Street Bailout Issue in Race Between Two Iowa Congressmen

Updated: 5:15 p.m. The Troubled Asset Relief Program is a campaign issue in a race between two Iowa U.S. House members who took opposite positions on the $700 billion Wall Street financial bailout. Democrat Leonard Boswell “voted for the TARP...

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Representative Dennis Kucinich, a Democrat from Ohio, greets delegates at the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Charlotte.

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Representative Dennis Kucinich, a Democrat from Ohio, greets delegates at the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Charlotte.

Congressional Primaries End With Most House Defeats Since 1992

Thirteen members of the U.S. House have been defeated for re-election in primaries before the Nov. 6 general election, the most in two decades. It’s not a harbinger of an anti-incumbent vote in eight weeks, even as public approval of...

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Rep. Ben Quayle, with wife Tiffany, at an evening gathering of supporters as he concedes his Republican primary loss to Rep. David Schweikert on Aug. 28, 2012, in Scottsdale, Ariz.

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Rep. Ben Quayle, with wife Tiffany, at an evening gathering of supporters as he concedes his Republican primary loss to Rep. David Schweikert on Aug. 28, 2012, in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Quayle’s Arizona Loss Adds to List of Lame-Duck Legislators

Ben Quayle’s loss in a Republican primary yesterday in Arizona made him an unlucky 13th House member to be defeated for re-election in the primaries. Quayle, the son of former Vice President Dan Quayle, was unseated by another Republican congressman,...

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Chairman John Mica, R-Fla., conducts the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee markup hearing of "The American Energy and Infrastructure Jobs Act"  on Feb. 2, 2012.

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Chairman John Mica, R-Fla., conducts the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee markup hearing of "The American Energy and Infrastructure Jobs Act" on Feb. 2, 2012.

In Florida Republican Matchup, Mica Ad Says Adams ‘Failed Us’

Florida U.S. Representative John Mica’s television ad attacking Representative Sandy Adams’s votes on budget and spending bills could include dozens of their Republican colleagues in its sweep. “Sandy Adams talks about reducing the deficit. Given the chance, she failed us,”...

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Representative Charlie Rangel celebrates his 82nd birthday with friends and colleagues at a party held for him in Washington on June 20, 2012.

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Representative Charlie Rangel celebrates his 82nd birthday with friends and colleagues at a party held for him in Washington on June 20, 2012.

Rangel Pins Future on his Past Base

It’s not just a story of a younger politician edging out a senior one who’s served his time. When New Yorkers in Upper Manhattan and part of the Bronx choose today between incumbent Representative Charlie Rangel and insurgent Adriano Espaillat,...

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