2018 Midterm Election Overview: The Results and What They Mean
As the 2018 Midterm Election comes to a close, Republicans strengthen their hold on the Senate while the Democrats claim the House of Representatives for the first time in 8 years. What does this mean for the U.S. over the next two years and how will this affect the latter half of President Trump’s time in office?
1. Trump’s effect on voter turn out
The 2018 Midterm election gives the citizens of the U.S. their first opportunity to pass judgment on President Trump. Unlike the 2014 Midterm Election, voters have come out in droves to share their opinions. It’s estimated that 113 million people have cast their votes, making this the first midterm election to ever exceed 100 million votes. As far as Trump’s 2020 campaign, many of the traditionally democratic states that helped Trump get elected are still in support, giving him a potential path to re-election in 2020.
2. The Democratic control of the House of Reps
For the first time in 8 years, the Democratic party has taken control of the House of Representatives. The Democrats will use this new power to take a closer look at Trump’s finances. In addition, they will put members of Trump’s cabinet and entourage under close scrutiny. The Democrats hoped that this election would give them a clear indication of the method to take when attempting to replace President Trump in the 2020 election. However, no method emerged as clearly superior and the Democrats will continue to prepare over the next couple of years.
3. The Republicans overperform to bolster their control of the Senate
The Republicans exceeded expectations and gained a stronger hold on the Senate. Losses in Indiana, Missouri and North Dakota for the Democrats resulted in an increase in the number of seats held by the Republican party. The House of Representatives and the Senate will remain split between the two major parties until the next election.
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