2024 Midterm Elections: A Historic Shift in Power

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2024 Midterm Elections: A Historic Shift in Power

The 2024 midterm elections were held on November 8, 2024, in the United States. All 435 seats in the House of Representatives and 34 of the 100 seats in the Senate were contested. Thirty-nine state and territorial governorships and numerous other state and local elections were also contested.

Key Takeaways:

  • Republicans take control of the House of Representatives. Republicans gained a net total of 11 seats in the House, giving them a 222-213 majority. This is the first time Republicans have controlled the House since 2018.
  • Democrats retain control of the Senate. Democrats gained a net total of one seat in the Senate, giving them a 51-49 majority. This is the first time Democrats have expanded their majority in the Senate since 2014.
  • Historic turnout for a midterm election. Voter turnout was estimated to be 66.8%, the highest for a midterm election since 1970.
  • Key issues that drove voter turnout. The economy, inflation, abortion, and gun control were among the key issues that drove voter turnout in the 2022 midterm elections.

What to Expect Next:

  • Divided government. With Republicans controlling the House and Democrats controlling the Senate, the next two years are likely to be marked by gridlock and partisan bickering.
  • 2024 presidential election. The 2022 midterm elections were seen as a referendum on President Joe Biden and his handling of the economy and other issues. The results of the midterms suggest that Biden will face a tough challenge in his bid for re-election in 2024.
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