Podcast: Anticipating November’s Mid-Term Elections

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I joined a panel discussion on BBC Radio Scotland on Sunday assessing the possibilities and significance of November’s US Congressional elections.

The conversation starts with Sarah Oates of the University of Maryland and Geoffrey Skelley of the University of Virginia describing the electoral system and the balance between Republicans and Democrats. Then, from 1:45.50, US radio host Morris O’Kelly and I consider the turnout and the politics, including the fate of Donald Trump if the Democrats can claim a majority in both houses.

These are probably the most important mid-term elections, and with the highest participation, in decades and possibly since 1945. In part this is because of the nature of Donald Trump and what has become unpredictable American politics, and in part this is because of social media and all this has brought, not just on a month-by-month but on a day-by-day or even an hour-by-hour basis.

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