USA Today
June 3, 2010

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Here’s one lesson from the latest round of primary elections: Switching parties doesn’t necessarily work. Just ask Rep. Parker Griffith, the Alabama Democrat turned Republican, who on Tuesday became the fourth incumbent felled by this year’s elections.

Griffith was first elected to Alabama’s northernmost House district in 2008, riding a Democratic surge that helped dozens of centrist Democrats claim conservative-leaning districts. An analysis by Congressional Quarterly found that in his first seven months, Griffith broke ranks with Democrats on 22% of his votes.

In December 2009, he announced he would run as a Republican.

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