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May 26, 2011


One in Five House Democrats Won Special Election

Smart Politics finds that with Rep.-elect Kathy Hochul's (D-NY) special election victory this week, one in five House Democrats have gotten their start in the House through special elections.

By the numbers: "As of today, 15 percent of U.S. Representatives got their start in the House by first winning a special election -- or 63 of 433 current members. A total of 39 Democrats and 24 Republicans currently serving in the House won special elections. That means 20 percent of the Democratic caucus and 10 percent of the GOP caucus include former winners of special elections."












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