A guide to the mid-term elections in the US Congress

I’ve never been so interested in – and concerned about – the mid-term elections in the United States which will be held on Tuesday 6 November 2018. All the seats in the House of Representatives (435) and a third of the seats in the Senate (35)  are up for election.

The Democrats should win the House and just might take the Senate – but turnout is much lower in the election years when there is no presidential election. If the Dems take control of one or both chambers, they can limit to some extent the damage being done by President Donald Trump and prepare the ground for a Democratic return to the White House in 2020.

So these are really important elections.

The BBC has produced a useful guide to the mid-term elections here.

If you want more detail on the American political system, I have a guide here.


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