4 ways Democrats have already won

4 ways Democrats have already won

The midterm elections are less than three weeks away, but by several measures, Democrats have already won…. How?

1. There’s still a contest for the Senate

Historically, the party in the White House tends to lose seats in Congress during midterm elections. The second midterm election of a two-term president — as this election is for President Barack Obama — is usually brutal. Only six times since the Civil War has a president come close to gaining seats in both chambers in a sixth-year election.

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2. Democratic policies are emerging as third rails

Witness Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, running for re-election in Kentucky, and the dance he did around Obamacare during a debate. McConnell insisted that he would repeal Obamacare “root and branch” but somehow, miraculously, keep the law’s state-based health insurance exchange.

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