Midterm Election Craze


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Midterm Elections in the United States

Ava Kahn

With less than two weeks until the midterm election day, voter interest has reached an all-time high. 57% of voters say that these midterm elections are more important than any other they have voted for in the past. This may have to do with concerns about the future of our democracy. About 80 percent of Democrats say that the Republican Party’s agenda poses a threat that, if not stopped, will destroy America as we know it. Republicans say the same about the Democratic Party. With an extremely divided country, the results of these Midterm elections could go in either direction and determine important outcomes for the future of America. 

The polls for these elections have been very close, with the outcome seeming unpredictable. Democrats hope to hold their slight majorities in both the Senate and the House of Representatives for the last two years of President Biden’s first term. Biden predicts that voters will swing back to favor democrats as the economy improves. This was supported by a survey released on October 20th. According to the survey, Biden’s economic approval rating increased by ten points as well as his overall approval rating. However, the survey also found that respondents favored Republicans to support congress with a two percent advance. Traditionally, the opposing party of the current President tends to have more success during midterm elections, and this is especially true when the economy is a concern as is the current situation. Therefore, some suggest that the Republicans will now do well in this midterm election. There is back-and-forth speculation about which party will control the two houses of congress, only to be decided by election day, on November 8th.

In Wisconsin, there are a few major elections that will take place. For governor, Tim Michels will compete against Tony Evers, running for reelection. This will be a very close election with Evers leading the polls by only 0.6%. The Senate spot will be filled by either; Mandela Barnes, or Ron Johnson, running for reelection. The polls say that Johnson has a 2.6% lead ahead of Barnes. For Secretary of State, Amy Loudenbeck will compete against Doug LaFollette, running for reelection. The Wisconsin election polls are close and extremely hard to predict.