2018 Midterm Elections
Author Rishima Mall
Former president Barack Obama aptly stated, “"Boil it down, If we don’t vote, then this democracy doesn’t work.". Midterm elections in the United States tend to garner a low voter turnout when compared to general elections, with only forty percent of registered voters casting their ballots. However, studies indicate that voter turnout has increased in Primary elections across the country in 2018. This is mainly attributed to the currently divisive political climate in the United States. In particular, President Donald Trump’s bold rhetoric concerning the news media and Democratic candidates may divide Conservatives and Liberals on issues of national priority. The Democratic party is energized by sentiments against President Trump’s stances while the Conservatives seek to maintain their majority.
The November midterm elections will have an enormous impact on politics for years to come. The outcome of the elections will be significant for the future of Donald Trump’s presidency and for Republican and Democratic legislative agendas alike. Democrats are vying for control of the House as the Republicans are likely to maintain their Senate majority. On the other hand, it is important to consider that the final outcomes of several recent elections were regarded as highly improbable such as President Donald Trump’s election and Representative Connor Lamb’s unexpected Democratic win in a traditionally Republican district in Pennsylvania.
Democrats are passionate and enthusiastic about the upcoming elections. The party has built a strong national small-donor fundraising base. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee reported that 30 Democratic House challengers raised at least $2 million in just the third quarter. The Democratic party seeks to bring in new voters to their party, who were previously apathetic to the political climate.
Youth engagement and political activism has also increased greatly in light of the March for our Lives Movement. The political activism demonstrated by teachers in the #RedForEd protests has brought the issue concerning educational reform to the public’s attention. Political activism demonstrated by women has also dramatically increased with the controversial confirmation of Supreme court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
Similarly, women who supported President Trump in 2016 are likely to vote in favor of Republicans and support the Republican party. President Trump’s political base unwavers, however, it remains to be determined whether their aligning positions on issues like health care and the economy will translate into votes cast in the ballot box on November 6th.
Although the outcome of the elections are unclear, it is evident that the 2018 Midterm Elections will determine the direction of the nation. Ultimately, it is up to voters to determine the fate of both the Republican and Democratic party.
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