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  Georgia Congressman Deserts Demos / Nathan Deal is third to switch to GOP since Nov. 8
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News DateTuesday, April 11, 1995 06:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionIn the latest sign of the Democrats' eroding base, a conservative House member joined the Republican Party yesterday, becoming the third congressional Democrat to abandon the party since the GOP swept November's elections.

The defection of Representative Nathan Deal, D-Ga., part of a vanishing breed of conservative Democrats in the House, strengthens the Republicans' hold on the South -- a onetime Democratic stronghold that now has a GOP majority in the House.

It is also a bad omen for Democrats with any hopes for retaking control of the House in 1996. The Republican margin over Democrats in the House is now 231 to 203, with one independent.

"What a disaster for the Democrats," said Stuart Rothenberg, a congressional analyst, who said that Deal's party switch could prompt others. "This just adds to the problems they have in the region."

Deal, 52, was one of only four Democrats in the 11-member Georgia delegation, and the only white Democratic member. As recently as last year, Georgia had a seven- member Democratic majority: four white, three black.
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