Incumbency in Congress

What is the trend with incumbency?
The incumbent typically wins back their seat in the next election.
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What is an incumbent?
The current holder of a political office such as a politician in the House, Senate or Presidency.
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What is meant by "use of office"?
Congresspersons and Senators can use their position to establish popularity and attract donors.
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What is meant by "safe seats"?
Where a candidate wins so convincingly that they're expected to keep the seat at the next election.
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What is meant by "gerrymandering"?
Drawing electoral boundaries to favour a political group or party.
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What is meant by "pork-barrel legislation"?
Where a member of Congress proposes an amendment to legislation which will benefit a certain group.
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What is meant by "financial advantage"?
Incumbents attract more money than challengers, allowing them to run more successful campaigns.
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Is this trend of incumbency a threat to US democracy?
Yes, shows ineffective levels of representation.
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