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  • Eden Sears

What You Need to Know About the 2018 Midterm Elections

During the midterm elections, citizens will vote on Nov. XX for members in both the Senate and House of Representatives, as well as thirty out of fifty state governors. The Senate and House are dominated by Republicans, but the House will likely see a change in party control after the midterm. The Democratic party only needs to flip twenty-three seats to gain control of the House, and it is predicted that they will do this successfully. On the other hand, the likelihood of the Senate becoming a Democratic-ruled chamber is low because the party would have to flip two seats in the Senate. There are thirty-five available seats and nine already belong to Republicans, therefore it will be very hard for the Democrats to gain enough seats to dominate Senate.

If you wonder how this might impact the nation, it means the midterm elections will be crucial to determining the effectiveness of the rest of President Donald Trump’s term. If predictions are correct, the House of Representatives will lean to the Democratic party, while the Senate will remain largely Republican. If this is the case, the House of Representatives could successfully vote for impeachment, but as soon as the bill reaches the Senate, impeachment could hit a wall. As of now, President Trump’s approval rate is 47%, which is higher than President Barack Obama’s before his midterm elections in 2016 (Gallup). A democratic House would block Mr. Trump’s ability to pass any bills or reforms because the first thing a bill must do before becoming a law is pass through both houses of Congress. With a Democratic House, it is unlikely that many of his reforms will be approved. Essentially, the actions of Mr. Trump will be limited with a Democratic House, but he will keep the support of the Senate.