US Midterm Elections: Here’s a Summary

This year’s elections will decide whether Democrats can gain control of Congress or if Republicans will keep their hold on the legislative branch. 
(Image: Publicdomainpictures ;  CC0 1.0)
This year’s elections will decide whether Democrats can gain control of Congress or if Republicans will keep their hold on the legislative branch. (Image: Publicdomainpictures ; CC0 1.0)

The 2018 midterms will feature over 500 contenders for federal office and governor’s mansions, and thousands of others for state and local offices.

This year’s elections in the United States will be held on Tuesday, November 6, 2018, except for some special elections. It will decide whether Democrats can gain control of Congress or if Republicans will keep their hold on the legislative branch.

As the public mass divides into cells vigorously stomping for their favorite midterm contenders respectfully, the tension between red and blue is increasing as pressure to come out on top weighs on all candidates. 

While the Democrats are confident about their chance of taking back the House and achieving a majority in the United States Senate, the Republican front, in the eyes of the public, is being challenged by media reports about U.S. President Donald Trump and his recent legislative actions. 

Analysts claim that Trump may be facing deep waters with an overall approval of 41 percent and disapproval of 56 percent.

Currently, the Republicans have a quite narrow 51-49 majority in the Senate, but the Democrats need to defend all 26 of their seats that are being contested along with taking 2 seats from the Republicans to take control of the Senate.

In New York, for example, election experts say the race leans more toward Democrats. 

Public opinion has been divided by Trump’s most recent announcement, which came just days before the U.S. midterm elections. President Trump said he’s prepared to send up to 15,000 troops to the Mexican-U.S. border to better prevent an in flocking of Central American migrants. Trump’s decision attracted heavy criticism from the side of rights activists who described it as a “racist ploy.”

“We’ll do up to anywhere between 10 and 15,000 military personnel on top of border patrol, Ice, and everybody else at the border,” the president told reporters at the White House before turning his attention to a campaign rally in Florida.

In Idaho, Paulette Jordan is growing in popularity, as she sets her campaign priorities straight

As a Democrat whose parents were tribal chiefs, she carries the hope of many members of Native American Tribes to deal out a fresh hand of cards for them in their ongoing petition for overall acknowledgment. 

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Paulette Jordan at the 2018 Idaho Falls 4th of July parade. (Image: Wikimedia ; CC0 3.0)

“As someone who is part of the First Nations of this land, having been here for thousands of years, people forget that there were people here prior to their arrival,” Jordy said at a recent stage debate with Republican candidate Brad Little.

Jordan’s opponent and Republican candidate Brad Little turned Jordan’s campaigning proposal to introduce progressive solutions for a state struggling with health care, education, and more against the young democrat, calling her campaign premise “special interest” funded by money coming from Native American tribes. 

Jordan, a member of the Coeur d’Alene tribe, herself contested that “they’re not ‘special interest,’ Tribes are called sovereign nations.”

Minnesota contender may add a new multi-cultural aspect to Congress

Minnesota might see its first Somali-American in Congress if Democrat Ilhan Omar, running in Minnesota’s 5th congressional district, wins against Jennifer Zielinski. Both Democrats and Republicans in Minnesota are closely following the polls, with their attention on Ilhan Omar, who would be the first Somali-American in Congress and one of two Muslim women entering Congress in November, should she win.

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Ilhan Omar would be the first Somali-American in Congress and one of two Muslim women entering Congress in November, should she win. (Image: Wikimedia ; CC0 4.0)

Why midterm elections matter to many

The U.S. midterm elections will allow voters to basically change the makeup of Congress for the next two years. These elections are also sometimes referred to as “off-year” elections.

Depending on the outcome, this may mean that the current president, halfway through his four-year term, will either have to reinforce his agendas and priorities or realign them in relation to the expectations of a new makeup in Congress.

In a nutshell, the outcome of the midterm elections has the potential to reshape the American political landscape for better or worse, in advance of the next general elections in 2020.

Can overseas Americans vote?

Many overseas Americans are often not aware that they can vote in the 2018 Federal Midterm Elections. Some even believe their vote doesn’t even matter, or that it is too difficult.

U.S. citizens abroad are eligible to vote in all presidential and congressional elections. According to regulations, if you were born abroad and your parent is a U.S. citizen, but you never lived in the U.S., you may still be entitled to vote in the state in which your American parent last lived.

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