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 v.— «Most lawmakers represent safe districts, giving them little incentive to tack to the center and work together. Indeed, many incumbents worry more about “being primaried,” as they put it, drawing a primary challenge from within their own parties for being insufficiently orthodox.» —“Tom Davis Gives Up” by Peter Baker New York Times Oct. 5, 2008. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

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