The Blue Dog Coalition is a caucus of the US Congress that is affiliated with the US Democratic Party. The coalition was founded by several prominent Conservative Democrats who promoted fiscal conservatism and social conservatism, views that proved to be unpopular among the liberal Democratic establishment. The Blue Dog Coalition was formed a year after the Republican Revolution destroyed the Solid South and the Republican Party gained control of Congress, and the Blue Dog Coalition attempted to preserve the once-great conservative faction of the Democratic Party. However, many conservative Democrats, including Blue Dog co-chairman Nathan Deal himself, defected to the Republican Party during the 2000s, and the Blue Dog Democrats held just 18/435 US House of Representatives seats in 2017.


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