By  on November 7, 2008

WASHINGTON — Trade played a key role in congressional races, netting the “fair trade” movement 30 new seats in the House and Senate, according to a consumer advocacy group report.

The election that swept Sen. Barack Obama into the presidency was largely focused on the economic woes confronting millions of voters, and he carried industrial states such as Ohio, Pennsylvania and Michigan that have been hard-hit by job losses connected to increased international commerce.

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