Final countdown for 2018 midterm elections

November 04, 2018 11:57 PM

With less than two days to go before the midterm elections, the candidates are out in full force and so are voters. Early voting is already at record levels with 33 million people having cast their ballots so far.

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A new NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll shows record enthusiasm and interest in Tuesday’s election.

"I think a lot of this is a reaction to 2016 in the sense that people were sort of asleep at the switch when Trump won the election," said Associate Professor of Political Science at Skidmore College Ronald Seyb.

Seyb said depending on how many people actually turn out to vote, this could be an historic midterm election.

"Only about 35 percent of eligible voters turnout in midterm elections, so if we get to 40 percent that will be in many ways historic," explained Seyb.

He said he’s noticed more democrats involved in this year’s election. They’re hoping to turn either the House of Representatives or Senate. Both are currently controlled by Republicans.

Seyb said democrats have been focusing on issues such as healthcare and the 19th Congressional District race between Republican Incumbent John Faso and Democrat Antonio Delgado is no exception.

“Delgado talking about Faso's vote to repeal the affordable care act and use it to try and mobilize democratic voters,” said Seyb.

Republicans have been focusing on topics such as immigration and the economy as they campaign. Seyb said in the Capital Region and surrounding areas, enrollment of new democratic voters has outmatched new republicans since President Donald Trump was elected in 2016. But he said that doesn't’t necessarily mean anything.

“Registration numbers are great, but you really want to turn those registration numbers into turn out on Election Day," explained Seyb.

Seyb said as people do head to the polls, they need to take the future into account.

"What happens in this midterm election in 2018 is going to have a lot to do with how the two parties chose presidential candidates in 2020,” said Seyb. “If it turns out a lot of progressive democrats do win in the midterm that makes it much more likely the party is going to tilt toward a Bernie Sanders or Elizabeth Warren rather than a moderate democrat like Joe Biden."


Emily De Vito

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