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Rep. Jason Altmire through a window as he votes in the Pennsylvania primary on April 24, 2012 in McCandless, Pa.

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Rep. Jason Altmire through a window as he votes in the Pennsylvania primary on April 24, 2012 in McCandless, Pa.

Can the (Democratic) Center Hold?

The losses of Democratic Representatives Tim Holden and Jason Altmire in Pennsylvania primary elections yesterday will thin the ranks of Democrats who sometimes buck their party leadership on issues including fiscal policy and health care. Here’s just one way of...

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A program at the Franklin County Lincoln Day Dinner in Greencastle, Pa., on April 22, 2012.

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A program at the Franklin County Lincoln Day Dinner in Greencastle, Pa., on April 22, 2012.

What to Watch Tomorrow

Remember primary elections? Tomorrow we’ll have the first presidential or congressional vote in three weeks, an eternity in politics. It’s also the first balloting since Rick Santorum removed himself from contention April 10 as Mitt Romney’s major challenger for the...

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Reps. Jason Altmire, left, and Mark Critz, before a debate in Pittsburgh.

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Reps. Jason Altmire, left, and Mark Critz, before a debate in Pittsburgh.

These Pennsylvania Primaries Still Matter

Pennsylvania won’t be a factor in the Republican presidential race, with Rick Santorum’s departure ending its competitive phase. However, the state still matters in determining the makeup of the next Congress. At least one House member will lose his job...

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Rep. Adam Kinzinger after winning the Republican congressional primary for the new 16th district on March 20, 2012 in Utica, Illinois.

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Rep. Adam Kinzinger after winning the Republican congressional primary for the new 16th district on March 20, 2012 in Utica, Illinois.

More Captivating Than Competitive

Elections in which two members of the same political party run against each other because of redistricting often produce plenty of drama, awkwardness and media attention. What these races haven’t produced of late? Close outcomes. Illinois Representative Adam Kinzinger’s 12-point...

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An illustration from the Texas Legislative Council shows PLANH309, the court-ordered interim House redistricting plan for Texas. A federal court in San Antonio issued new Texas congressional and state House maps on Feb. 28, 2012, just in time for the state to finally hold its twice-delayed primary on May 29.

Illustration by Texas Legislative Council/AP

An illustration from the Texas Legislative Council shows PLANH309, the court-ordered interim House redistricting plan for Texas. A federal court in San Antonio issued new Texas congressional and state House maps on Feb. 28, 2012, just in time for the state to finally hold its twice-delayed primary on May 29.

California Losing, Texas Gaining Influence in House

Tomorrow is the deadline to file papers to run for Congress in California and Texas, two states on divergent paths in the House of Representatives. California will lose clout and Texas will wield more importance after this year’s elections. Seven House members in...

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Pedestrians in New York City.

Photograph by Michael Nagle/Bloomberg

Pedestrians in New York City.

New York Map Shows Weakest Congress Clout in 200 Years

While New York hasn’t finished the once-per-decade process of redrawing its congressional district lines, the final map will reflect a long trend of weakening clout in Washington for the nation’s third most-populous state. New York’s sagging population growth rate from 2000 to...

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