PPFA’s First Look at the 2018 Midterms: Part 2–Sketching the Senate

Last week, when I painted the House, I discovered that despite the strength of Democrats on overrated “generic ballots,” they still had an uphill climb to obtain the majority in the House of Representatives (even if a record number of Republican House members are retiring). If Democrats’ quest to regain the House ultimately fails, that puts even more pressure on the flailing party to regain the other half of Congress. Are their chances any better in the upper chamber? Let’s find out. The Senate Current composition: Republicans: 51 Democrats: 47 Independents: 2 (both caucus with Democrats, effectively giving them 49) … Continue reading PPFA’s First Look at the 2018 Midterms: Part 2–Sketching the Senate

PPFA’s First Look at the 2018 Midterms: Part 1–Painting the House

In American politics, every even-numbered year hosts widespread federal elections. Though presidential elections understandably garner more attention, in between those contests are “midterm” elections, so-named due to the president being in the middle of his or her term. Though we obsess over the presidency, these midterm elections should receive as much of our attention; they essentially give the electorate control over our lawmaking body — the United States Congress. On November 6, all 435 seats in the House of Representatives (whose members have two-year terms) and about a third of the 100 Senate seats (six-year terms) will be up for grabs. … Continue reading PPFA’s First Look at the 2018 Midterms: Part 1–Painting the House