A Blue Wave?

When Americans woke up on November 9th, 2016 to the news of Trump’s election, some looked for the silver lining. Many believed that Trump’s behavior in office would spark a ‘Blue Wave’ in the 2018 midterms. Now, being that we are just a few months away from Election Day 2018, we can take a more accurate look at the possibility of a successful Blue Wave. 

Will there really be a wave of newly-elected Democratic Senators, House representatives, and Governors? We give you the numbers, you decide. Who will control the Senate following the 2018 midterms?

By Ava Mazzye

The 115th United States Senate is made up of 51 Republicans, 47 Democrats and 2 Independents. In November, 35 of those 100 sitting members of the Senate will be up for reelection. In order to take control of the Senate, Democrats need to win 28 seats, while Republicans only need 9 in order to maintain control. Who will control the Senate following the 2018 midterms?

Will Democrats take control of the House in November?

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The House of Representatives is currently made up of 235 Republicans, 193 Democrats, and has seven vacancies due to special circumstances. Although each sitting member of the House is up for reelection, only 48 seats are considered competitive. In order to obtain control of the House, Democrats need to flip 24 seats, and to their luck, 25 of GOP held seats are in districts that Clinton won in the 2018 election. Will Democrats take control of the House in November?

Will the Blue Wave close the gap, and flip at least five GOP-held gubernatorial seats?

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Currently, the GOP dominates control of gubernatorial offices, holding 33 of the 50 offices, while Democrats hold only 16. However, in November, the GOP will have 26 seats to defend, compared to the Democrats’ nine. Will the Blue Wave close the gap, and flip at least five GOP-held gubernatorial seats?

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