Analysis: A non-American’s guide to the 2022 US midterms
On The Issues Staff
Updated Nov. 2, 2018 10:31 p.m. ET
Here’s one way to look at this election cycle: It’s the Year of the Woman.
I say this because the number of women candidates coming forward and running for office has been steadily increasing. The Democratic ticket led by Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren was the first to break out of the pack.
Then came New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the 29-year-old congressional candidate who won the Democratic primary for New York in the U.S. House. Then came Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, who was also a House candidate in Minnesota, who won her Senate seat in April in Minnesota. And then came Michigan Sen. Debbie Stabenow, a former governor who was a Democratic nominee for the open US Senate seat in Michigan in 2018.
Here’s the one question remaining in this cycle: Can we call it the “Year of the Woman?”
That would be a misnomer.
This year isn’t just about women, or women candidates. It’s about voters making choices that will make an impact in the next two years.
It’s about what women see in candidates, who they want running for office and what they think about where they want us all headed next.
I can’t wait to see how it all plays out.
The election is still several weeks away. But when the dust settles it is still important to look back on the 2018 midterm elections to see what impact they will have. We could be on a path to a blue wave or to a Democratic landslide, depending on the election outcome.
The Senate contest in Michigan, for example, could determine whether Republicans maintain control of the Senate or whether Democrats win a net seat. And the results in Kansas and Georgia could determine whether there is a path to flipping the House of Representatives.
This election is all about women. Let’s look at the women candidates who are doing what they can to influence public opinion.
The big winner in the House race in New York was former tech executive Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. She was the top trending topic on Twitter on Election Day