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10 Senators Who Switched Parties
Richard Shelby
03.29.13, 02:37 PM CDT

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Richard Shelby

State: Alabama

Original Party Affiliation: Democrat

Party Affiliation After Switching: Republican

Despite the change from Democrat to Republican that Richard Shelby made in 1994, he did not seem to lose too many of his supporters, as he was reelected in each subsequent race and continues to hold the seat today.

In an interview with CNN in 2001, Shelby pointed to a shift towards liberalism in the Democratic party as the factor that drove him away, and rejected the idea that he made the move to gain power. “What I did didn’t cause a political earthquake here,” he told CNN. “I just crossed the aisle and voted just like I've always been voting, and feel very comfortable there.”


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