Resource List: The 2022 Midterm Elections: What Happened and Why?

November 15th, 2022

As part of the Talking About Politics series, this conversation discussed what happened in the key races and tried to make sense of these results and why they matter for the future of American politics. The discussion started with discussion topics identified by students in Professor Rich Holtzman’s course, POLS 353-Political Parties and Elections. This discussion was held Monday, November 14. 2022 and was led by Marcus Hudson, Junior Study Abroad Student, Rich Holtzman, Associate Professor of Political Science, and Dymond Bush, Research and Instruction Librarian, Krupp Library. 

Missed the discussion? View the full recording here!


Election Summary/ Results

Senate Results

House Results

CNN Ballot Initiatives

How Election Week 2022 Went Down- FiveThirtyEight

Live Updates -FiveThirtyEight

Still Undecided- New York Times

The President & Midterm Elections

Change in Congressional seats of the president's party in the midterm elections from 1934 to 2018

How unpopular is Joe Biden?

Voter Turnout

Voter Turnout- Pew Research Center

Turnout rates among the voting-eligible population in United States presidential and midterm elections from 1789 to 2020- Statista (Data)

2022 Election: Young Voters Have High Midterm Turnout, Influence Critical Races- Tufts CIRCLE

Issue-Based Voting

Important issues for voters in the United States in the upcoming midterm elections 2022- Statista


Abortion access proved to be a powerful force in 2022 midterm elections- CBS News


Inflation is top issue in this week's midterms- NPR

Student Loans

What The Election Results Mean For Student Loan Forgiveness: 4 Key Takeaways- Forbes

Biden's student-loan forgiveness is at risk. It may have helped stop a 'red tsunami' as Gen Z flocked to the polls to save their relief.- Business Insider

Republican Red Wave

US midterms: Why a Republican 'wave' never happened- BBC

How Gen Z Held Off the Red Wave- TIME

Trump Effect, Election Deniers, and January 6th

Trump’s favorite candidates disappoint on Election Day, raising questions about his 2024 pitch- CNBC

Boebart to Lake: how election deniers have fared in US midterms- BBC

Redistricting/ Gerrymandering

What Redistricting Looks Like In Every State- FiveThirtyEight

Gerrymandering explained- Brennan Center

Polling/Expectations Game

Pre-Election Polling- Vox

State Races

Governor Results

State Legislatures Results

Secretary of State Results

Georgia Runoff- US Vote Foundation

What is a Runoff- NPR

Florida election results

United Kingdom Perspective

UK Political Advertising

UK Elections

What are midterm elections, and why are they important? - US Embassy

Where $7.5 Billion in Midterm Campaign Ads Are Hitting Hardest- Wall Street Journal

Democracy in America- Alexis deToqueville


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