All eyes on key midterm races

Nicholas Carlson November 8, 2022


Hello, Insiders. It’s midterm Election Day. All eyes are on key races across the US. So it’s as good a time as ever to remind you: We have the oldest Congress in US history.


Our recent “Red, White, and Gray” project examines how the nation’s gerontocracy — that is, a government run by old people — is weakening American democracy. Our leaders are getting increasingly older, and issues that are profoundly important to the nation’s youth and future (technology, civil rights, climate) are left in the hands of those whose primes have passed.


If you have a sec, take our quiz to see how much you know about America’s elderly government — and then let’s get right to the news.

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The big story
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The consequences of today’s midterm elections will reverberate for years to come. Here’s why.


Midterms tend to be bad for the incumbent president’s party — and this election may not be any different.


Control of the House of Representatives is very much up for grabs, as Democrats are confronted by a serious challenge from the GOP. The Senate is split 50-50, and each party wants control of the upper chamber.


There’s also a bounty of gubernatorial elections, including races chock full of contenders for the 2024 presidential election and others that could reshape the number of Black governors holding office in the US.


Notably, whoever wins the governor race in key swing states will have control over the levers of power around elections. Also, with the overturning of Roe v. Wade, a number of these races will end up deciding the legality and availability of abortion in various states.


Insider will be closely monitoring all of this today, tonight, and through the final calls of the race. Follow our live coverage here.

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Today’s sound bite
“I keep getting that line from the novelty ‘50s rock-and-roll song ‘The Purple People Eater’ going through my head.” 
Listen to hear which key midterm race Insider’s Dave Levinthal is talking about, and check out the full segment in today’s episode of “The Refresh from Insider.”
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