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Election 2018 Update

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Since last Tuesday’s election, there have been two important developments. First, a deep dive into the voting data sheds light on who voted and what the vote means. Watch this clip from CNN looking at swing counties in the upper Midwest.

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“Midterm elections 2018: Florida orders recount of votes”

“Abrams continues to search for Georgia votes while Kemp begins transition to governor”

“Trump accused of stifling democracy as midterm races remain on knife edge”

“The suburbs turned on Republicans and Trump. The midterm election results prove it. ”

“Midterm elections 2018: Trump offers bipartisanship with caveat”

“A divided Congress, a divided America”

“Ghosts of 2000 haunt Florida recount”

“Schumer’s Dems see silver lining in midterm losses”

“2018 was a WAY better election for Democrats than most people seem to think”

“‘Democrats won the House but Trump won the election’ – and 2020 is next”


  • Writing: Why do you think voter turnout was high in the 2018 midterm election?
  • Debate: Donald Trump is the reason voter turnout reached a historic high in this midterm election.
  • Poll: Do you believe the results from the 2018 midterm election are a good predictor of what will happen in the 2020 presidential election?
  • Short Answer: Why are there recounts in Florida?

Current events quiz:

1) Recounts were ordered to decide the winner of which of the following Florida offices?

a. Governor
b. Senator
c. Agriculture Commissioner
d. All of these

2) Trump has claimed that ____ key races are being rigged against Republicans

  1. one
  2. two
  3. three
  4. four

3) Which prior election also required a recount of votes in Florida?

  1. 1996 midterms
  2. 2000 midterms
  3. 2000 presidential
  4. 2004 presidential

4) White women with college degrees favored Democratic candidates and white men with college degrees favored Republican candidates. (T/F)

5) This election gave Democrats their biggest gain in the House of Representatives since the end of World War II. (T/F)

6) At least 80 more suburban communities voted Democratic in 2018 compared to 2016. (T/F)


1) D

2) D

3) C

4) True

5) False

6) True

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