United States elections, 1982

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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. 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. Others felt his large budget cuts meant he was uncaring or ignorant about the needs of ordinary Americans.

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