Headline RoundupNovember 8th, 2022

How Ticket Splitting Could Play a Role in 2022 Elections

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Ticket splitting could play a pivotal role in a few battleground states on Election Day, as voters might be willing to cross party lines for certain candidates. 

Key Quotes: "I think that the benefits of being hyperpartisan are starting to fall off," said Keith Naughton, a veteran Republican strategist. "For both parties, it’s doing as much to drive their opponents’ turnout as it does their own." A Democratic strategist said, "I think voters are being more discerning about all of this than a lot of the political class, the media gives them credit for."

For Context: By definition, ticket splitting occurs when a voter chooses candidates from opposing political parties in a single election, rather than voting for a straight one-party ticket. Ticket splitting was once seen as a dying trend in U.S. politics, but it may be making a comeback. For instance, about 9% of those supporting Democrat Josh Shapiro for Governor in Pennsylvania also plan to vote for Republican Mehmet Oz for Senate, according to a recent Emerson College Polling/The Hill survey. In addition, some polls in Georgia this year indicate that some Republicans are withholding their support from Republican Herschel Walker and voting for Democrat Raphael Warnock for Senate. 

How the Media Covered It: Sources across the political spectrum are covering the possible effects of ticket splitting on 2022 election results.

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