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Article Review A House and Senate Divided The Clinton Legacy and Congressional Elections of 2000 This particular article discussed the party divisions in the House of Representatives and the Senate directly following the Clinton presidency and the election of President George W Bush The author delves into the possible reasoning and probable causes of this split It is also examined how the different regions and different types of citizens align themselves with a party The 2000 presidential elections saw the growing precedence of the close partisan balance This balance caused the House to enjoy less party competition for the incumbent seats during the 2000 election Very few House members lost their seat to the opposite party In the end only 6 incumbents were defeated in the election Four seats formerly held by Republicans were now in the hands of the Democrats and 2 former Democrat seats were now in the Republicans control In contrast the Senate lost five Republican seats to the Democrats This caused the Senate to become evenly divided something that had only happened one other time in American History This is a good thing for the American public because it gives both parties equal representation and equal footing in floor debates It is not however beneficial for the president and vice-president because it creates a hostile atmosphere for any change to happen that may be the least bit partisan This balance that has formed in the House and Senate was indicative of how the states voted in the presidential election Bush won twenty-five of the twenty-six states in the South Plains and Mountain West In concurrence with their presidential votes these regions voted Republican for 63 of the 67 Senate seats Democratic regions such as the Northeast Midwest and the West Coast followed suit with Gore winning 19 of the 24 states and Democrats holding 57 of the 69 of Senate seats These regional party divisions can be rationalized by
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