Issue Brief on “US Mid-Term Elections 2018: The Race for Congress”


Mid-term elections in the United States are the general elections held in November every four years, near the midpoint of a president’s four-year term of office. This time mid-term elections will be held on November 06, 2018 to contest 435 seats in the United States House of Representatives. 35 of the 100 seats in the United States Senate will also be contested. 50 state governors, along with many state and local offices are on the ballot.[1] According to the US law, only the President of the United States is selected for a four year term. Other representatives of the House and the lower chamber of Congress are elected for two years only.

Battle between the two main parties – the Democrats and the Republicans – is expected to be as fierce in the mid-terms as in presidential elections while shaping the course of action in the Senate. Presumably, if Republicans emerge as a majority party in the Senate, the impact would be remarkable since it would then have control of both the chambers of Congress. It would allow the legislature to become an even greater force in Washington than it already is.

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