A Midterm that Matters
Mon, 10/24/2022 – 15:13
The midterm elections on November 8 are just two weeks away, and at this moment voters appear to be moving sharply towards Republicans, both at the federal and the state level. In New York State, Republican candidate Lee Zeldin has erased a six-point deficit. He is now in a dead heat with incumbent Kathy Hochul, who has run her campaign as if the right to abortion—already protected by statute in New York—is what matters to voters concerned with potential energy blackouts, immigration, crime, inflation, and high taxes. Democrats in federal elections have much the same mindset; they speak of the January 6 events at the Capitol in the present tense. But Donald Trump has been relatively quiet in this election cycle. He did give out occasional endorsements, but he has not made himself the center of attention. The Democrats thus root their message in the past while voters see the current elections as a referendum on the policies of the progressive Biden administration, which has only moved further left since January 2021, driving away many Democrats and independents.
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Source:: Hoover Institution