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After years of declining numbers, veterans in Senate may gain a seat
After years of declining numbers, veterans in Senate may gain a seat

The number of military veterans in the U.S. Senate had declined in every election since 1982 — until Tuesday. Victories by three newcomers — Republicans Tom Cotton in Arkansas and Joni Ernst in Iowa and Democrat Gary Peters in Michigan — guarantee that the total will remain at least at 20. Going into the midterm election, 20 senators had served in the armed forces. Three whose terms are expiring chose not to run. ------------ FOR THE RECORD An earlier version of this post said veterans' representation in the Senate peaked at 73. The number is 76. ------------ The number of vets in the Senate will rise to 21 if Republican Dan Sullivan wins in Alaska, where he...

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