From The Hill, about moderate-to-conservative Democrats in Congress: "Blue Dog Democrats will limp into the 113th Congress with their numbers cut in half — a diminished minority within a minority party. The once-influential coalition of conservative Democrats, which counted 54 members following the 2008 election, is now striving for relevance and ways to replenish its ranks."
More about the Blue Dog Coalition's membership woes: "In a best-case scenario, the Blue Dogs will include as many as 15 members in the next Congress, if Rep. Mike McIntyre (D-N.C.) wins a recount and if Rep.-elect Pete Gallego (D-Texas) joins their ranks. That’s roughly half as many lawmakers as the Blue Dogs had after the 2010 elections."
The article continues about the group: "In all, the coalition lost 13 members this year. But only four of those losses came from Republican’s in the general election. Unlike the 2010 GOP wave — where Republicans knocked off about 23 of the 54 members — a series of events converged early in the cycle that ensured even before Election Day the group would be nearly cut in half. Twenty-seven members started off the 112th Congress. By Nov. 6, only 18 remained on the ballot after two abrupt resignations, three retirements, two primary defeats, a successful Senate campaign and the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.)."