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In politics, what does "crossing the floor" mean?

  • Changing committees

  • Leaving the chamber

  • Switching parties

  • Visiting the opposition

Answer

"Crossing the floor" refers to a politician's switch in party affiliation while holding elected office. It often carries significant political consequences, potentially shifting the balance of power within the legislative body. This action highlights deep divisions within a party or a politician's disagreement with their party's direction, leading them to seek a new political home.
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