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View Diary: Retirement shockers: What if every US House seat were open in 2014? (43 comments)

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  •  It is very possible that the Rs could (0+ / 0-)

    have won the majority that way, but it would be very temporary, as many of those Boll Weevils would have lost in 1982 if they did.  1982 was a pretty bad years for supporters of Reagan's policies, even in the South.  Even as late as August 1983, GOP pollsters found Reagan trailing Walter Mondale in several Southern states due to the economy.

    Before the VRA mandated districts, several of these districts contained a large amount of black voters, which by the 1980s would be sufficient to deny any R some of these seats.  Some of these Dixiecrats lost primaries in 1982, and I'm sure that many of these party switchers would have found their end in the general.

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