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A change in underlying electoral forces due to changes in party identification. It has been common to talk of ‘realigning elections’, or pairs of elections, in US political history. The generally accepted dates for such realignments are around 1828, 1860, 1896, and 1932. Because the concept is vaguely defined, there is no agreement on whether there has been a realignment since the New Deal coalition was formed in 1932, although all writers agree that there has been a dealignment since 1960.

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