Early Conversation About The 2018 U.S. Midterm Elections

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I have been waiting all night to write this post and now I can finally say that the Democrats have retaken the House. This will likely derail Trump’s legislative agenda for the next two years, now that the Democrats have the power to claim subpoena power to investigate any potential personal or professional wrongdoing.

Some Democrats have already vowed that they would seek to force Trump to produce his tax returns, while others have pledged that they will push for impeachment.

The results, so far, of the mid-terms aren’t really all that surprising considering Gallup polls put Trump’s current approval rating at about 40%, but after what happened in 2016, I don’t think anyone wanted to take any chances. 

On the eve of the election even Trump’s favourite Fox News seemed to . turn their backs on him when they stopped broadcasting a campaign ad of his depicting a “murderous immigrant”, claiming that it had gone too far. 

Trump had been counting on his xenophobic messaging getting results with his base, which is increasingly older, whiter, more male, and not college educated, while the Democrats have been relying more on women, POC, young people, and college graduates. 

Nearly two thirds of voters said that Trump was the reason for their vote, with 6 in 10 saying that the country is headed in the wrong direction, however, roughly the same number describe the national as excellent or good. 

Close to 40% of voters cast their ballot in opposition to the president, while one-in-four said they voted in support of Trump, according to a VoteCast poll, with 25% of voters describing health care and immigration as the biggest issues of this election.

Nearly 40 million Americans took advantage of voting early, either in person or by mail, breaking early voting records across 37 states.

On Tuesday, long lines and malfunctioning machines created unfortunate wait times in many precincts, some with very poor weather. Still, voters turned out in record numbers. 

So far, we have political newcomer Jennifer Wexton defeating two-term GOP Rep. Barabara Comstock in Virginia. In south Florida, former Health and Human Services Secretary Donna Shalala defeated Republican Maria Elvira Salazar. There were also many presidential prospects who easily won re-election, including Bernie Sanders in Vermont, Elizabeth Warren in Massachusetts, Sherrod Brown in Ohio, and Sen. Kirsten Gillirand in New York.

Rashida Tlaib is one of two Muslim women who have been elected to congress and will be representing Michigan’s 17th District. Ilhan Omar is the first Somali-American to be elected to congress and is also Muslim.

Finally, there is Kansas Democrat Sharice Davids who is the first female Native American to be elected to congress. She also happens to be openly lesbian in an extremely conservative state, so her election is a huge accomplishment. 

Our conversation about election results will continue in the coming days as results come in. I hope you voted!!

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Allisonxo is a she/her identifying feminist from Toronto, Canada who is a lifelong crafter and lover of vegan food and thrifting.

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