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Midterm Elections no time to ‘monkey it up’

Midterm Elections Perspective: Dems have enormous opportunity in November if they don't ‘monkey it up’ Midterm Elections in the United States are the general elections held in November every four years, near the midpoint of a president's

Midterm Elections Perspective: Dems have enormous opportunity in November if they don’t ‘monkey it up’

Midterm Elections in the United States are the general elections held in November every four years, near the midpoint of a president’s four-year term of office. The next midterm election is Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018.

These midterm elections will take place in the middle of Republican President Donald Trump’s first term. All 435 seats in the United States House of Representatives and 35 of the 100 seats in the U.S. Senate will be contested.  As it stands, Republicans have 236 and Democrats have 193 with 6 empty seats.

“Dems, here’s a serious bit of wisdom from me and my cousins to you: Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, in no way is to be confused with monkey business. That’s our deal. So, don’t monkey it up!”

To break it down further, Republicans currently comprise a majority of both the House and Senate. In the election, 35 Senate seats and 435 House seats are up for election. Senate Republicans have the slight majority with 51 seats over Democrats’ 47 (as well as two independents who frequently vote with the Democrats).

Eighteen governors are also up for election, in addition to more than 100 other critical statewide offices, including many secretaries of state and attorney general races.

Nearly 600 state senators and more than 2,700 state representatives will be elected this November, as well, signaling many chances to flip chambers and extend a blue wave deep into states. Given the enormous stakes, the 2018 midterm election couldn’t be more important.

What needs to happen for a ‘blue wave?’ 

While there is no technical definition for a “wave,” Democrats need to flip 24 Republican House seats and keep the 194 they currently hold in order to gain control of the House. In the Senate, they need to keep 25 and gain at least two new seats.

It is possible that the House will go to Democrats, but the Senate will be a difficult battle. Democratic incumbents must defend 25 seats to Republicans’ 8, and 10 of those seats are in states that voted overwhelmingly for Trump in 2016. What’s more, Democrats need to take 2 of 3 GOP-held seats in battleground states, according to CNBC.

 

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