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2018 Congressional Elections

2018 Congressional Elections

2019 Edition

December 2018 | 48 pages | CQ Press

"What do the 2018 midterm elections mean?" The 2018 Congressional Elections supplement provides the answers, drawing on the most recent National Election Study surveys to offer a close analysis of the key issues and races, including:

  • the outcome of the battle for control;
  • the role of independents in elections, particularly in this era of partisan polarization;
  • the influence of record campaign spending on election outcomes; and
  • Trump's impact on Congressional Elections

This essential supplement complements, supports, and updates American Government texts and courses as well as Voting, Election, and Campaigns courses. 

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Why Midterms?
Chapter 1. The Electoral Landscape in 2018
The Fundamentals of Political Science Are Strong

A Reversal of Fortune for Democrats?

Political Variables in the 2018 Midterms

Discussion Questions

Chapter 2. The Special Elections and Key Primaries of 2018
Some Important 2018 Primary Elections

Discussion Questions

Chapter 3. Congress and President Trump’s First Midterms
Why Do People Dislike Congress?

President Trump and the 2018 Midterms

Fake News and the 2018 Midterms

Discussion Questions

Chapter 4. Advertising and the 2018 Midterms
Discussion Questions

Chapter 5. Winners, Losers, and How Key Groups Voted
The House

Gender and the Midterm House Vote

Income, Race, Religion and the Midterm House Vote

The Senate

Governors’ Races

State Legislative Results and Important Ballot Initiatives

Discussion Questions

Chapter 6. Looking Ahead to 2020
Polls Make a Comeback

Discussion Questions

Key features


  • Discussion questions in every chapter encourage students to think critically about the issues.
  • A look at the electoral landscape in 2018 provides students with a broader perspective of the fundamentals of Political Science.
  • Discussions of President’s Trump impact on the 2018 midterms offer students insights into how these results compared to past presidents and how his approach differed.
  • An analysis of the election results provides students with context for important ballot initiatives and legislative results, as well as illustrates the impact that income, race, religion, and gender had on the Midterm House vote. 

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1: The Electoral Landscape in 2018

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