Nov 20, 2022 - Politics & Policy
America's frozen midterms
All that empty space on the map above tells a vivid story about polarized America:
- For all the national turmoil, America's midterms were played on a remarkably narrow terrain, with only 26 House seats (6% of the races) flipping from one party to the other.
Why it matters: We’re a closely divided country, and neither party was able to move the needle much despite the external turmoil.
- With hundreds of millions spent in dozens of battlegrounds, voters have largely stuck with the status quo.
Axios' Josh Kraushaar narrates the flips:
- Nearly half (7 of 18) of GOP pickups were almost automatic because of redistricting.
- Four of the 18 seats Republicans flipped were in New York.
- Four of the 8 seats Dems flipped were almost entirely because Republicans nominated MAGA, Trump-aligned candidates.
🧮 By the numbers: 96% of U.S. House races were won by the biggest spender, according to Open Secrets.
- The next U.S. House is on track for 23 "crossover districts" — seats held by the party opposite of that seat's Biden/Trump winner, Cook Political report's Dave Wasserman projects. That's a rebound from the current all-time low of 16. (More from Josh in tonight's Axios Sneak Peek.)
The bottom line: Republicans are heading for a 222-213 majority — an exact mirror image of Dems' current slim majority, Wasserman says.