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Once-influential Blue Dog moderates hoping for comeback in polarized Congress

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In 2009, they had more than 50 members. One wave election later, half their members were gone. And now, in a Congress marked by its uncompromising partisanship, just 15 of the so-called “Blue Dog” Democrats remain. The Blue Dog coalition, mostly Democrats from Republican-leaning or swing districts, were a one-time moderating force within the House Democratic Caucus, and their influence was felt...

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