3. What the democracy watchers worry about

Illustration of a U.S. map with the flag on top and a large crack in the center. A hand is holding a magnifying glass up to the crack.

Illustration: Allie Carl/Axios

People who study democracies around the world will be watching the 2022 midterm elections for new signs of how vulnerable the U.S. system has become.

Why it matters: Even if the true test doesn't come until the 2024 presidential election, the year ahead could set the stage and weaken American democracy in a more lasting way.

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