Here's What the Midterm Elections Mean for the Country

October 21, 2018 10:29 PM

Have you been seeing a lot of political ads? Campaigns around the country are on full blast, gearing up for an intense sprint to November trying to energize voters.

ABC Political Director Rick Klein said, "This is as anticipated of a midterm election as one can ever imagine. These colossal forces in American politics are all converging on one high-profile election day."

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It's a midterm that Klein says could shake-up politics in the country as we know it.

"This election could change the course of the Trump presidency and maybe the course of politics for a generation," Klein said. "If he's able to get voters out there to vote for Republicans to hold onto the house, hold onto the Senate, maybe even expand the majority slightly in the Senate, which is a possibility---that would show President Trump is an unrivaled political force of this or any age."

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Klein continued, "A blue wave would show the enormous frustration that's been engendered by President Trump and the Trump administration--it would bring out a lot of voters who haven't voted before. 

“Some people who may have given President Trump a chance the first time around that would be flipping on him," he said. 

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The balance of power breaks down in the Senate as Republicans have a two-seat advantage right now.

There are 35 seats up for grabs, of which 26 are currently held by Democrats.

When you move over to the House, all seats are open. The Democrats need to flip 23 seats, to gain control.

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"This midterm is somewhat different than others," said University of Minnesota political science professor Kathryn Pearson with the University of Minnesota.

"It will be hugely consequential if we see oversight of executive agencies, and investigations into the Trump White House depending on which party is in control," Pearson said.

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Pearson says midterm elections don't often favor the person sitting in the Oval Office.

"Historically midterm elections favor the party that is not in White House, but the president's popularity, or lack thereof, determines if it's a wave election," Pearson said.

Back in 1994, Republicans took back the house, winning 52 seats during President Bill Clinton's first term.

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In 2002 during President George W. Bush's first term, riding a 62 percent approval rating, Republicans actually gained seats.
    
And, during President Barack Obama's first term, his party lost 63 seats.

"This is the first nationwide referendum on President Trump and an outlet for a lot of the frustration as well of the exuberance of the Trump era," Klein said.

With a lot on the line for both parties, the final days of the campaign, will be a frenzied fight to the finish.

"You can expect to see a president out on the trail in lots of places, the Democrats, the 2020 contenders, President Obama, former vice president Biden, they are going to be out - all of them - underscoring the same points that the states literally could not be higher for this midterm election," Klein said.

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