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By almost any measure, the congressional elections of 1874 were disastrous for the Republican Party. While incumbent legislators of the president's party are often evaluated unfavorably during midterm elections, 1874 was a particularly devastating year for Republicans.¹ The party lost 96 seats...

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Published in: Ambition, Competition, and Electoral Reform p. 1
Main Authors: Jamie L. Carson, Jason M. Roberts
Format: Book Chapter
Language: English
Published: University of Michigan Press 01-18-2013
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Summary: By almost any measure, the congressional elections of 1874 were disastrous for the Republican Party. While incumbent legislators of the president's party are often evaluated unfavorably during midterm elections, 1874 was a particularly devastating year for Republicans.¹ The party lost 96 seats and majority status in the House of Representatives for the first time since the end of the Civil War. After opening the 43rd (1873–1875) Congress with a healthy 203 to 88 seat margin over the Democrats, House Republicans in the 44th Congress (1875–1877) found themselves outnumbered 107 to 181 by Democrats.² The Republican losses were not
ISBN: 9780472118649
0472118641
DOI: 10.3998/mpub.5206069.6