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Coming into the 2018 midterm elections, the Republican party has majority control of both the House and the Senate. Of course, that could change.
If the Democrats can manage to net 23 seats in the House, of the 435 seats up for grabs (all of them), they will regain control of the House of Representatives. All Democrats need are 2 net wins in the Senate (of the 35 up for grabs this cycle), but that is currently being projected as a long shot.
By net, I mean the Democrats would maintain all the seats they currently occupy, and then win over some more that are currently being occupied by Republicans.
It's an interesting moment in politics when the midterms come around, as the results can speak really loudly and clearly as to how the country feels about the current administration's first 2 years in office, as well as the overall direction we all feel the country is headed, both with the economy at large, international relations, and all kinds of other social issues.
You hear it being called a referendum on Trump. And that's true. But I believe it goes further than that. It's kinda like a mid season political report card, with lots of real world implications. If both the House and Senate stay red, it will be clear the majority, no matter how small, is in general acceptance of the current state of affairs.
If one or two parts of congress flip blue, that will show the opposition was displeased enough to show up to the polls and force a changing of the guard.
Happens all the time in the US really. Majority control flip flops constantly, and that can be seen as a good thing to my mind. An ongoing balance of power and agenda.
I am really curious to see how the American people grade this first 2 years of the Trump administration, and how each state shows up to the polls.
How do you think it'll play out? Do you think the current administration deserves to maintain control, or will the Democrats garner some power back?