2018 Midterm Elections

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November 6th marked midterm election day in the United States, and with that came a plethora of Congressional, gubernatorial, and local elections across the United States. Voter turnout reached a 50 year high with roughly half of the eligible voters casting votes- compared to 36.7% in 2014 and 41% in 2010 (United States Election Project). Roughly 110 million Americans cast votes across the country and 1.3 million Connecticut voters participated. Early predictions of a “Blue wave” or a “Red wave” were quelled following the results, with Republicans keeping the Senate and Democrats gaining a very narrow control over the House of Representatives. These outcomes may prove consequential to the Trump Administration’s policies as almost all of the Democrats have obstructed most to all of his actions. However, Democrats still do not hold enough power to successfully convict President Trump in case of his impeachment, as many Democratic candidates have run their platforms on. The Independent party holds two congressional seats; one with the former presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders, remaining incumbent to his Congressional seat, along with Maine Senator, Angus King also winning re-election. Republicans won most of the hot topic races, primarily in states such as Florida and Texas. Hollywood endorsed Democratic candidates such as Beto O’Rourke and Andrew Gillum, who both lost to their Republican counterparts. However socialist New York candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, often the receiving end of many insults and jokes by popular conservative figures, became the youngest woman elected to Congress.   


  In our home state, Connecticut, the gubernatorial race was a back and forth race that spilled over into Wednesday morning. Democratic candidate Ned Lamont received 47.5% of votes before Republican Bob Stefanowski conceded the race. Lamont is in line to replace two-term Governor Dan Malloy after he announced earlier this year that he would not run for re-election. Malloy was the least popular governor in the country, with a 67% disapproval rating as of 2016. Democratic senator incumbent Chris Murphy will remain as a Senator for the next 6 years. All 5 House representatives who were elected are Democrat. In the race for state representative, Republican candidate Bill Buckbee, won his second term to represent the 67th Assembly District, which represents New Milford. Richard A. Smith, a Republican and current state representative, won unopposed to represent the 108th district.


  While these mostly Democratic results definitely do serve a blow to President Trump’s agenda, it mirrors the midterm elections of 1982 where Reagan did not have control of the House but did have Senate support and won the following Presidential election by a landslide. Although, media outlets are increasingly admitting to the possibility of a Trump re-election, however, we’ll have to wait until November 2020 to see the outcome.   


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