What Are Midterm Elections, And Why Are They Important?

By Mark Trainer U.S. presidential elections are big news worldwide every four years. But what happens in the midterm elections — so called because they come nearly two years into a president’s term — can have just as big an impact
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In Wake of Midterm Elections, U.S. Leaders Seek Path Forward

Following Republican Party gains in the November 4 midterm elections, President Obama hosted congressional leaders at a White House luncheon November 7. House Speaker John Boehner (on left above), Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (at right) attended, as did Vice President Biden, House Minority Leader (more...)

Democrats Take Brunt of Voter Wrath in Midterm Elections

In the U.S. midterm elections November 4, Republican candidates exceeded the predictions of pundits — and possibly their own expectations — as voters frustrated with the stalemate in Washington during the past two years punished President Obama and the Democrats. On November 5, some races remained undecided, (more...)

U.S. Democracy: Midterm Elections

Midterm elections, so named because they occur in even-numbered years at the halfway point of a presidential term, determine which political party will control the two chambers of the U.S. Congress for the upcoming two years. This timing encourages pollsters and political pundits to view the outcomes as referendums on the (more...)

Early Voting Already Underway in U.S. Midterm Elections

On October 20, President Obama joined an estimated 2 million Americans who have already cast their ballots in the 2014 midterm elections. “I’m so glad I can early vote,” Obama said in Chicago before stepping up to the voting machine. “It’s so exciting. I love voting.” Of the 50 U.S. states, 43 (more...)

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