Headline RoundupNovember 10th, 2022

Why Didn't the "Red Wave" Materialize as Expected?

AllSides Summary

Heading into the 2022 midterm elections, the prevailing narrative indicated Republicans would easily gain a majority in both chambers of congress. While the party is still likely to gain a slim majority in the House of Representatives and has a fighting chance in the Senate, the performance fell below expectations.

Key Quotes: Nate Silver, editor-in-chief of FiveThirtyEight (Center Bias) tweeted that “journalists didn't take [polls] at face value and went with the vibes instead,” referencing FiveThirtyEight projections that anticipated a close race. Senator Lindsey Graham (R) told NBC News (Lean Left Bias) that the midterms were “definitely not a Republican wave.”

What the Left is Saying: An article in Vox attributed the Democratic Party’s success to the overturning of Roe V. Wade and the negative influence of former president Donald Trump, believing Trump to have “alienated an even larger group of voters, including many swing voters, and the GOP suffered for that on Tuesday.”

What the Right is Saying: A writer in the Washington Examiner believes Republicans have an “enthusiasm problem,” blaming the disappointing night on poor candidate selection, stating, “something needs to change before 2024 — and fast.” A writer for the Daily Caller (Right Bias) pointed to Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, who handily won his reelection race, as the needed model for the party moving forward, believing DeSantis’s rise comes at the “opportune time for a party about to commence the process of choosing its next leader.”

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