First Posted: 03/18/10 06:12 AM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 04:00 PM ET

Parker Griffith may be grabbing headlines today, but switching political parties is nothing new. Party switching has been going on since the 1800's.

While the act was much more common in the 19th century, dozens of politicians swapped parties this decade alone.

Here's a collection of the most high-profile cases of politicians switching parties in the '00s.

Ray Nagin (2002)
Days before filing for the mayoral race in New Orleans, Nagin switched from Republican to Democrat.
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