Countdown: US Midterm Elections Are Less Than Two Months Away
The upcoming midterm elections on the 6thof November will offer the American people the chance to redefine the current political climate, by giving them the power to either: save the current administration or to significantly harm the rest of the Republican presidency.
The midterm congressional elections during a President’s term can be seen as a check on their presidency so far. Previously sitting Presidents have suffered losses in both Houses of Congress, making the passing of legislation near enough impossible, hampering the administration’s agenda as well as their ability to hold office. Further making them look inefficient to the eyes of the electorate. Notably, in 2010, President Obama and the Democrats suffered heavy losses to the Republican Party, this loss made it difficult to push through measures, such as tighter gun control since both the House of Representatives and the Senate were controlled by Republicans.
Voter turnout is an important factor in determining how well both President Trump and the Republicans have done so far, as well as the Democratic role. Presidential elections seem to overshadow midterm elections, as more importance is giving in all platforms to who the next commander-in-chief is rather than the branch of government who is in charge of legislation which is just as important. However, voter apathy and general disinterest and frustration towards politics, as usual, have made it so that something as vital voting in the midterm elections seems futile. Nevertheless, the Republicans and Democrats alike are both stressing and campaigning for a more active electorate in this midterm election, not only will it prove to be a significant test on Trump’s approval as President, but also his ability to push through his agenda and legislation in the next two years. Losing one or both houses in Congress can make or break Trump’s presidency and the back blow could be fatal for the Republican party’s future.
President Trump has the utmost confidence over the Republican Party in winning this midterm as he once again used his platform on Twitter to profess that there would be a red wave over America. He too is expecting not only the Republicans to retain both the House of Representatives and the Senate, but also make gains from Democrats. He has also endorsed a number of candidates who are in incredibly tight races, notably Ron DeSantis who is running against Andrew Gillum for the Florida governorship. There are also other notable new progressive Democrats running such as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Stacey Abrams, Ayanna Pressley who all are running on strongly progressive and inclusive policy platforms.
Opinion polls and election experts have pointed to Democrat gains that could lead the House of Representatives coming under their control, whereas the Republicans would hold onto majority control of the Senate. If the polls prove to be accurate, this would put the Democrats in a better position to oppose more legalisation from Trump and the Republican Party in the next two years relating to the economy, immigration and healthcare. If they can show the world and more importantly the electorate, that they can successfully oppose the Republican Party and Trump, then they can capitalize on this and effectively position themselves to be the next legitimate governing party in both houses as well as take reigns in the executive office.
The importance of the upcoming midterms cannot be understated, as this will shape the way America is at ahead of 2020, as well as showing how Congress can shape up the final two years of President Trump’s possible first term. If the Democrats come out of this midterm as the winning party out of both houses, Trump’s future as well as that of the Republican party is starting to look bleak.