The Blue Wave: The 2018 Midterms and What They Mean for the 2020 Elections

Author:   Larry Sabato ,  Kyle Kondik ,  Geoffrey Skelley
Publisher:   Rowman & Littlefield
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9781538125274


Pages:   302
Publication Date:   07 June 2019
Format:   Paperback
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The Blue Wave: The 2018 Midterms and What They Mean for the 2020 Elections


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Early results on election night suggested that Democrats had failed to make significant gains in the 2018 midterms. After all the votes were counted, a blue wave crashed on American electoral politics as Democrats won the House the Representatives and made significant gains at the state and local levels. In this book, Larry Sabato and Kyle Kondik bring together respected journalists and academics from across the political spectrum to examine every facet of the 2018 election, and what its outcome portends for our national politics and the coming 2020 presidential election. In frank, accessible prose, each author offers insight that goes beyond the headlines, and dives into the underlying forces and shifts that drove the election from its earliest developments to its eventual conclusion, long after the polls closed. Contributions by Matt Barreto, David Byler, Rhodes Cook, James Hohmann, Theodore Johnson, Kyle Kondik, Diana Owen, Madelaine Pisani, Josh Putnam, Larry Sabato, Emily Cahn Singer, Sean Trende, Michael Toner, and Karen Trainer.

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Author:   Larry Sabato ,  Kyle Kondik ,  Geoffrey Skelley
Publisher:   Rowman & Littlefield
Imprint:   Rowman & Littlefield
Dimensions:   Width: 16.70cm , Height: 1.90cm , Length: 23.80cm
Weight:   0.481kg
ISBN:  

9781538125274


ISBN 10:   1538125277
Pages:   302
Publication Date:   07 June 2019
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Professional & Vocational
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In Print   Availability explained
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements Introduction Chapter 1: The Blue Wave: Trump at Midterm, Larry J. Sabato Chapter 2: The Trump Effect: The 2018 Midterm Election as a Referendum on a Polarizing President, Alan I. Abramowitz Chapter 3: The Primaries: Democrats Shine in the Shadow of Trump, Rhodes Cook Chapter 4: Humpty Dumpty's Fall: How Trump's Winning Presidential Coalition Broke Down in 2018, David Byler Chapter 5: The House: Where the Blue Wave Hit the Hardest, Kyle Kondik Chapter 6: The Senate: The Republicans' Bright Spot, James Hohmann Chapter 7: The Governors: Democratic Wave Falls Short of a Wipeout, Madelaine Pisani Chapter 8: The Money Wars: Emerging Campaign Finance Trends and Their Impact on 2018 and Beyond, Michael Toner and Karen Trainer Chapter 9: Women Rule: The Surge of Women in Congress, Emily C. Singer Chapter 10: Hindsight in 2020: Black Voting Behavior and the Next Presidential Election, Theodore R. Johnson Chapter 11: Hispanics in the 2018 midterm, Matt Barreto, Gary Segura, and Albert Morales Chapter 12: Presidential Media and the Midterm Elections, Diana Owen Chapter 13: The Upcoming Battle for the 2020 Presidential Nomination(s), Putnam Chapter 14: Was 2018 a Wave Election?, Sean Trende About the Contributors Index

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It is unusual for a collection of academic essays to flow as though written by a single author or pair of authors. The Blue Wave, edited by Larry Sabato and Kyle Kondik, does so. Any political scientist prepping courses on elections for next year, media pundits wanting to sound more knowledgeable, or political consultants seeking to give clients good advice must read this book. Its initial chapters provide an excellent, detailed retelling of the 2018 election. It moves on to slice and dice the role of different demographic constituencies in the outcome of the election. Lastly, the book does two things. First, it sets up how, if what was observed as widespread group behavior continues through 2020, the 2020 presidential election may be impacted. Second, it defines a wave election while simultaneously determining whether the 2018 election was a wave. Wave or not, the 2018 election was certainly significant, and Sabato and Kondik have assembled knowledgeable experts who write well and detail the election in a compelling way. Summing Up: Essential. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty.--CHOICE


Author Information

Larry J. Sabato is the Robert Kent Gooch Professor of Politics at the University of Virginia and director of its Center for Politics. He is the author or editor of more than twenty books on American politics and elections. Kyle Kondik is managing editor of Sabato's Crystal Ball, the University of Virginia Center for Politics' nonpartisan newsletter on American campaigns and elections. He is the author of The Bellwether: Why Ohio Picks the President (2016).

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