Wait, midterm elections? What are those?
We asked ourselves the same thing, and then we did some digging. For all those who forgot or neglected to vote (we’re not here to shame you, but c’mon, man), you missed an opportunity to make an impact during one of our nation’s most divisive presidencies.
Where does that leave you? With a need to be informed on why your vote mattered. Educate yourself. Here are five of the biggest take-aways.
The midterm elections last week were the nation’s big opportunity for critics to voice and mount their opposition against the current President Trump. How’d they fare? Kind of ok. There wasn’t a huge “blue wave” that materialized proving take-over for the Democrats, but rather, there was a balancing of parties.
One-party rule is definitely over as the Dems took majority of the House of Representatives, instituting a new check on the president that hasn’t been there. Now, he’s accountable and the GOP’s grip on Washington has been weakened.
There’s more science at the table now. The current administration is now for its anti-science lean. The president lacks a close advisor with nuclear expertise, and he’s the first president since 1941 NOT to name a science advisor. The New York Times writes that this is representative of Trump’s administration, and the “marginalization of science in shaping United States policy.”
After midterm elections however, seven new congressional candidates were elected with backgrounds in science and technology, bringing a wealth of experience and credibility to the table that’s not there currently.
And, there’s more women at the table. There were hstoric wins for women at this year’s midterm elections. The trend of women breaking records began earlier in 2018, as women candidates were endorsed and won in records numbers for positions as governor, and seats in the U.S. House and U.S. Senate.
After elections, at least 90 women are expected to make their way to Washington, D.C. to assume seats in the House. One of which is the youngest ever, another which is the first Muslim, first openly gay Native American, and other heartening firsts.
But the divides are strengthening. The midterms elections unveiled a deepening divide in America, “intensifying the 2016 cleavages.” Immigration and racially-charged politics continue to divide the country. Differing messages between race and immigration have actually been building for years, and polarization is even more evident. The urban-rural divide is obvious from maps of voter turnout and support.
According to Vox, Republicans did well with rural voters, white Southerner voters, and low-educated voters, and Democrats won with city-dwellers, minorities, and highly educated white suburbanites. We’ll see what comes of it.
5. Oh, and this political ad won.