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United States elections, 1982

 

United States elections, 1982

Partisan control of Congress and the presidency
Previous party
Incoming party
President Republican Republican
House Democratic Democratic
Senate Republican Republican

The 1982 United States midterm elections were held on November 2. The Democrats gained 27 seats in the United States House of Representatives, cementing their majority in that chamber. The House elections took place after the 1980 United States Census and the subsequent Congressional re-apportionment. Conversely, the party balance in the United States Senate remained practically unchanged; the Democrats only gained one seat after a Democratic-leaning Independent left the Senate.

The Democratic election gains were largely due to President Ronald Reagan's unpopularity as a result of the deepening 1982 recession which many voters blamed on his economic policies. The Democratic gains put a check on Reagan's policies, as the incoming Congress (particularly the House) was significantly less open to Reagan's conservative policies. Despite the Democratic electoral gains, this election was the first time that the Republican Party had successfully defended a majority in either chamber of Congress since they did so in the 1928 elections.[1]

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