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Midterm Elections Oust Several Moderate Republicans

Several Republican moderates won't be rejoining Congress next session after November's midterm elections. NewsHour correspondent Kwame Holman reports on the election casualties.

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    Among the many congressional Republicans swept from office on Election Day, one type of Republican was hit especially hard, the moderate, such as Iowa's Jim Leach.

    REP. JIM LEACH (R), Iowa: Clearly, this year the country wanted change.


    Of the 29 House seats Republicans lost, 11 were in the Northeast and 10 more were in the Midwest. The party's losses were fewer in traditionally Republican territories.

    New Hampshire's Charles Bass.

    REP. CHARLES BASS (R), New Hampshire: The Republican Party is in danger of becoming a regional party of the South and the West.


    Of the most prominent Republicans to lose their seats, several were among the House and Senate's best-known moderates: Ohio Senator Mike DeWine, who compromised with Democrats last year to prevent filibusters of judicial nominees; Congressmen Leach of Iowa, one of the most liberal Republicans in the House, he voted against the Iraq war and long has favored abortion rights; Connecticut's Nancy Johnson, a pro-abortion rights and pro-environment stalwart, whose views earned her 24 years in Washington; and Congressman Bass of New Hampshire, last year, he rallied colleagues to join Democrats in blocking Republican efforts to permit oil exploration on Alaska's north slope.

    Those four members, with a combined 78 years of experience in Congress, were rejected by voters. Here's what they think happened.