Midterm madness


Shannon McGee

With the highest voter turnout for a Midterm Election in U.S. history, the Democrats were able to take control of the House while the Republicans remained in control of the Senate.

Landon DeBoer, Sports Editor

As millions of ballots came pouring in late Tuesday night into early Wednesday morning, it was clear the “blue wave,” or at least a blue ripple would crash into the U.S.

The Democrats made an important stride by regaining control of the House of Representatives for the first time since 2010. With this gain, Democrats now have the ability to check President Trump’s power for the first time in his presidency. At this point in time, the Democrats have 225 seats in the House, the Republicans have 197 seats and there are still 13 seats up for grabs according to The Guardian. With many close races and recounts needed to decide the winner of so many of the close races, it is impossible to know the margin of the victory for the Democrats in the House.

With the Democrats gaining control of the House, the Republicans needed to remain in control of the Senate and they did so handily. The Republicans have flipped two previously Democratic Senate seats to Republican seats. Since the Republicans gained even more power in the Senate, they now have 51 seats; the Democrats have 46 seats and three more elections are still undecided. If the Republicans are able to win these three elections, it will be difficult for Democrats to gain control of the Senate during the next election cycle, possibly keeping the Senate Republican for another four years.

Voter turnout in this important Midterm Election was the highest it has ever been. An estimated 113 million voters cast ballots, up from the record low 83 million in 2014 and 91 million in 2010 according to NYT. This large voter turnout shows how important voters felt this election was and hints at a possible change in leadership during the next Presidential Election.

On the surface, both sides seem to be content with what happened, as President Trump has called the Midterms a “very big win” for the Republicans according to the The Huffington Post, even though the Republicans are no longer in complete control of the government. President Trump still has confidence in Republican voters because of the increased control in the Senate and since there was not as much of a “blue wave” as expected. The probable new Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, was also content with the Democrats gaining control of the House according to the WSJ.

One important concept that both sides are pushing for is bipartisanship in order to make progress in the government.

“It really could be a beautiful, bipartisan type of situation,” said President Trump according to The Washington Times. “If we won by one or two or three or four or five, that wouldn’t happen, and the closer it is, the worse it is. This way, they’ll come to me, we’ll negotiate, maybe we’ll make a deal, maybe we won’t, that’s possible.”

“We will strive for bipartisanship in the belief that we have a responsibility to seek common ground where we can,” said Pelosi according to The Hill.