Skip to comments.[Vanity]Historical records of party swings - please point to
Posted on 11/04/2010 11:55:03 AM PDT by mbarker12474
Could somebody point please to historical records of party swings in elections.
Would be nice if the site/records indicated easily if the election year was a Presidential election year.
Would also be nice if state house records, governors race were given.
I'm too lazy to go look for myself.
I could probably do that today...BUT I'M TOO LAZY.
If you’re too lazy to look then why should we do our work for you?
It took more keystrokes for you to post a vanity here than it would have taken to do a Google search.
And the irony here is I was about to paste the link to you until I saw you stated you were too lazy to do it yourself. Laziness is not a quality we tend to celebrate on FR.
The official list of members of the House of Representatives includes the balance of power in both Houses historically.
I think you can find that list in the following URL: http://clerk.house.gov
Or just google “official list of members of the House of Representatives”
The balance of power is on page 13...
Composition of Congress, by Political Party, 18552010
Party Divisions of the House of Representatives (1789 to Present)*
I’m guessing you’re wondering when the last time an imcumbent president lost after the opposition party picked up seats in the prior mid-term election? Let me know if you figure it out.
s/b “incumbent” ....but you knew that.
In 1936 the Dems had 322 House seats. That is the biggest margin since Reconstruction.
The Dems lost 72 seats in the 1938 election.
Same as the last time an incumbent lost. Republicans lost seven seats in the 1990 midterms and George H.W. Bush lost re-election two years later, but that only increased a Democrat majority. If you're looking for who lost control of one house or the other at midterm and then lost re-election two years later, it's Hoover in the 1930 midterm.
This is one additional source that tosses in who was in the WH and fraction of time their party had control etc.
“The Dems lost 72 seats in the 1938 election.”
Which is to say, they lost 22% of the seats they held. On Tuesday, Dems so far have lost 25% of the seats they held (61/247 with 9 seats still undecided). So even though the raw numbers were lower, in proportional terms this year was a bigger blowout than 1938.
Excellent point. You are correct.
Also bigger than 1994 percentage wise.
I think the maximum number of Democrats in the House happened in the 75th Congress (1937-1939) with the composition of the House as follows:
Democrats - 334
Republicans - 88
Progressive - 8
DFL - 5
The Republican maximum count in the House was 300 Representatives in the 67th Congress (1921-1923).
Typo on the Republican, it was 302, not including one ‘Independent’ Republican.
That looks to be about right.
The GOP picked up 72 seats in the ‘38 election, but the Dems still had a huge majority.
The 2010 gains are proportionally bigger than 1938 and 1994.
It should be mentioned that both Roosevelt and Clinton won re-election following these blow-outs.
Thanks for the history lesson. Hopefully we can buck the trend in 2012!
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