Lessons Learned from the 2018 Elections
The 2018 election that swept Democrats into the U.S. House majority was a wave, but not a tsunami. It crested short of elevating Democrats to majority status in the Senate but nevertheless resulted in the largest Democratic gains since 1974, and a 35-seat Democratic majority in the House. The results indicate a clear backlash against the Republican Party and its president but also illustrate the resilience of committed and hardening support for Trumpism. In this chapter, we review the major takeaways highlighted by our authors about the 2018 congressional election and speculate about the implications of this election. One thing seems clear: the election was a simultaneous rebuke and embrace of Trumpism that leaves future elections and electorates to give clearer direction to America and American democracy.