How Ticket Splitting Played a Role in the 2022 Elections
Summary from the AllSides News Team
Ticket-splitting played a key role in the 2022 elections, particularly in Georgia and Pennsylvania.
For Context: In Georgia, Gov. Brian Kemp (R) is projected to win by a nearly 10-point margin, but the Senate race there is too close to call, and a run-off is expected between Herschel Walker (R) and Raphael Warnock (D) since neither has received the 50% margin required. In Pennsylvania, Josh Shapiro (D) is projected to easily win the governor's race against Doug Mastriano (R), while John Fetterman (D) is projected to beat Mehmet Oz (R) by a much slimmer margin. Ticket-splitting is the act of voting for separate candidates from different parties. It was predicted that ticket splitting could play a role this year, and when final results are in, voters in as many as nine states may have chosen to elect a Republican governor and Democratic senator (or vice versa).
Key Quotes: "In a way, ticket splitters represent some – I don’t know if ‘rationality’ is the right word. We want elections to respond to shifts in voter opinion, and split ticket voters, for better or worse, are [examples of] that," says David Kimball, a University of Missouri political scientist and co-author of the book, "Why Americans Split Their Tickets."
How the Media Covered It: Sources from across the political spectrum covered the impact of ticket splitting on the 2022 elections, with many speculating about whether the practice would be more beneficial for Republicans or Democrats.
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