Politics & Government

July 21, 2014

Midterm Republican surge still hasn’t materialized

Republicans entered this election cycle with high hopes. President Barack Obama’s approval ratings had sunk into the low 40s, and the rollout of the Affordable Care Act had been a disaster. In an off-year election, Democrats weren’t expected to fully mobilize the young and diverse coalition that has given them an advantage in presidential elections. Off-years are also when a president’s party typically suffers significant losses.

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