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The GOP chamber puzzle [Commentary]
The GOP chamber puzzle [Commentary]

Most political prognosticators forecast that Republicans will recapture the U.S. Senate in this fall's midterm elections. The GOP already holds the House, and the fact that Republicans control the lower chamber but not the upper one is actually something of a puzzle and an historical anomaly. First, the history: Republican Speaker John Boehner has now presided over a Republican House majority for two terms without a companion Senate Republicans majority. When was that last time the GOP controlled the House for two consecutive Congresses — four years — without controlling the Senate? Never: Not once in the party's history, dating all the way back to its 1854...

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