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The Nation

The Democratic National Committee voted to drop its midterm mini-convention in 1986, a costly forum that the party has held between presidential elections since 1972. The decision was on a voice vote after a short and surprisingly tepid debate in Washington among members of the 377-member committee. The action was recommended by Chairman Paul G. Kirk Jr., who said the Democrats would be better advised to use their money and efforts in 1986 to try to regain control of the Senate and other congressional and state offices.


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