How the Democrats Won and Lost the 2022 Midterms

Source: In These Times
by Maurice Mitchell

“The normal pattern of midterm elections, where the party in power loses significant ground, is practically baked into the U.S. two-party system. When voters are upset, the only way to punish the party in power is to vote for the other one. That’s what happened in 2006, in 2010, in 2014 and in 2018. And that’s what national pundits were claiming was inevitable in 2022; they predicted a ‘red wave’ even when many polls showed a much closer race. But instead, this year Democrats defied political gravity, at least somewhat. So how did it happen? As the leader of an independent third party (the Working Families Party (WFP)) that often joins the Democrats in coalition, I see four main factors at play.” (11/11/22)