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Here's how the new Democratic members of the House sort out ideologically

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Democratic members self-sort into three different ideological caucuses: the Congressional Progressive Caucus (who represent the left flank among House Democrats), the New Democrat Coalition (who represent the generic middle of the party, or the center-left on the broader political spectrum), and the Blue Dog Coalition (the centrists who represent the party’s right flank). The Republicans, in fact, now have something of a mirror-image setup, with three caucuses—the Main Street Partnership, the Republican Study Committee, and the Freedom Caucus—representing their center-right, establishment-right, and hard-right.

Conventional wisdom dictates that these new members are out on a limb with their Progressive Caucus membership, given their districts—though most were upfront about their leanings.

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