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    Moderates' Campaigns Hold Key to Balance in the House

    In this occasional series, LEGI-SLATE News Service takes a look at politically moderate Democrats and Republicans and their campaigns for House seats in the November election. An accompanying chart shows the candidates who are seeking open seats or challenging incumbents with support from party moderates

    Tierney, Torkildsen Brace for Massachusetts Grudge Match
    October 22, 1998
    The race between Rep. John Tierney (D) and former congressman Peter Torkildsen (R) has highlighted the complex political dynamics of a Republican candidate trying to break into an all-Democratic delegation from a heavily Democratic state in a Republican-controlled Congress. It is a precise political situation that few other moderate Republicans face.

    A Well-Mannered Fox Hunt Is On In Suburban Philadelphia
    September 1, 1998
    It was not unusual to see Rep. Jon Fox, R-Pa., glad-handing his way about the lobby of the Normandy Farms Estates home for the elderly. Fox is a quintessential local politician appearing on a bigger stage – and as a second-term House Republican whose 84-vote victory in 1996 was the nationís closest margin, he needs all the support he can muster.

    House Moderates Walk a Tightrope to Shape Legislation, Win Elections
    August 31, 1998
    Behind the closed doors of the House Republican Conference one Wednesday last April, the loyalty of several moderates was being questioned. They were being chewed out for signing or preparing to add their names to a Democratic petition to force a floor debate on campaign finance reform legislation opposed by most Republicans.

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