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June 3 (Bloomberg) — Once a key Republican constituency, doctors have shifted their campaign contributions to Democrats as more women enter the field and more doctors move from being small business owners to hospital employees.

The percentage of physicians donating to Republicans has fallen from almost 75 percent in 1996 to less than 50 percent in 2012, according to an analysis of campaign contributions published in JAMA Internal Medicine. Total contributions by doctors have increased about sevenfold over that time.

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