Midterm Elections’ Results: A Divided Country, A Deeper Gridlock
Many observers, both domestic and foreign, probably hoped that the 2018 midterm elections would mark the beginning of the end of the Trump era. By that logic, America is now two years and one presidential election away from a return to normalcy.
Yet the results indicate that there may never be a return to “normalcy” in American politics. Although Democrats did make significant gains in the House, their success was on par with historical gains in a midterm election for the party that does not control the White House. While many Americans went to the polls to express their frustration with Donald Trump, the president showed he could also deliver his base even when he is not on the ballot. Nationwide, voter turnout hit a 50-year high for a nonpresidential election year.
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