How To Watch The Midterm Elections

by | Nov 8, 2022 | Politics

There is a lot on the ballot on Tuesday. Without a presidential contest, midterm election years lack a single focal point. Instead, attention is divided among a slew of Senate and gubernatorial elections, a battle for control of the House, plus dozens of referenda and state races. It can all get a little confusing, especially if you’re trying to figure out what it means for the future of American politics and policy. Here’s HuffPost’s guide to how to watch the midterm elections and how to think about what happens.AdvertisementThe Expectations GameLet’s start here: What would count as a good night for the Republican Party? Typically, the party that’s out of the White House gains roughly 25 seats in the U.S. House and four seats in the Senate. Right now, the top political forecasters are predicting gains of roughly that size in the House and smaller gains in the Senate.But would matching the historical average count as a win? After all, most presidents were more popular than Joe Biden, whose approval rating in the FiveThirtyEight average is a measly 41%. And most of those presidents were not presiding over an economy with inflation at its highest levels in 40 years. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) predicted after Election Day last year that the party could flip more than 60 seats this year, an outcome very few expect. National Republican Senatorial Committee chair Rick Scott (R-Fla.) has suggested the GOP could control as many as 55 …

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