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Elections Guide

This guide is for Abbott Lawrence Academy students doing research on US Elections!


Midterm Elections mark the halfway point of a Presidential term. Midterm elections decide members of Congress, but not the President. As House and Senate seats are two-year and six-year terms, respectively, midterm elections decide all House seats and one-third of Senate seats. Midterms, while not as popular as Presidential elections, decide which political party will control the House and the Senate for the next two years. 

Many state and local elections happen at the midterm, as well. 

House of Representatives seats

The seats in the U.S. House of Representatives, as of April 2018. The grey seats are vacant. All seats are up for election in 2018.

Source: No author, Wikimedia Commons, public domain.

Senate seats

The seats in the U.S. Senate, as of January 2018. The yellow seats are independents. One-third of senate seats are up for election in 2018.

Source: GoldRingChip, Wikimedia Commons, public domain.

Monitor the Midterm Elections/ Find out about Races

PBS Newshour 2018 Midterm Elections Coverage

Vox's Guide to the 2018 Midterm Elections
-Scroll to bottom to view "Races to Watch," "Polling,""The Issues" and more

2018 Midterm Elections: House Races to Watch Right Now (From New York Times)

These 12 races will be key to who controls the Senate after the 2018 midterms (From USA Today)

Check out the website 270 To Win to find out what midterm elections are taking place in your state in 2018.

Look at the issues and analysis of those issues by the Pew Research Center.

From a Library Database:

14 Midterm Races that could Change America." CNN Commentary, Oct 02, 2018. ProQuest