TOP 7 Important Things To Know Before the US 2018 Midterm Elections

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The midterm is fast approaching so Nexter.org prepared key things everyone should know about midterm elections so far.

When are the 2018 midterm elections?

The congressional elections will be held on Tuesday, 6, November. Dozens of elections for governorships, as well as local mayoral and state legislative chamber elections, will also be held on the same date.

How do midterm elections work?

Midterm elections occur halfway between presidential elections, which occur every four years.

All 435 members of the House of Representatives are up for election every two years, with one-third of the Senate up for election. Members of the Senate serve staggered six-year terms.

Fifty-one seats are needed for control of Senate and 218 are needed for the House.

How many governors are on the ballot?

There are 36 governors that are facing a big verdict on Election Day.

Women are energized

Source: nytimes

In the 69 battleground House districts identified by The Washington Post, women are going for the Democratic candidate over the Republican candidate by 13 points. That’s especially meaningful when you consider that of the 69 districts, 48 of them were carried by Trump in the 2016 election.

How is Trump affecting candidates?

Polls show large numbers of people indicating that they feel a need to vote in the midterm to show either support for or opposition to the president.

In a place like California, Republican candidates are having to walk a fine line between motivating their base (some of whom are enthusiastic Trump supporters) and not turning off independents, who are largely ambivalent about Trump.

What generally happens to the president’s party in ?

Midterm elections are to some extent always seen as a referendum on the current administration and party in power.

This year is no different.

Because Republicans control of both the executive branch, led by Donald Trump, and the legislative branch, holding both the Senate and the House, many voters see the as a chance to either show their support for or disapproval of Trump and his administration’s agenda.

That was the case during President Barack Obama’s presidency when Republicans made massive gains in both the 2010 and 2014 midterm elections.

A similar trend was seen in the second midterm election during President George W. Bush’s administration, as Democrats picked up seats in 2006. This followed the trend’s having been bucked in 2002 when Republicans actually gained seats.

Where should you vote on election day?

You can find your local polling place online via your state’s election website.


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