Midterm Elections Defy Expectations

By Brenton Meade

The 2022 midterm election was anything but predictable. Democrats were expected to lose by significant margins due to rising inflation, President Biden’s unpopularity, and historical trends. Although Republicans secured a 4-seat majority in the House of Representatives, retaking control of the chamber which they lost in 2017, Democrats expanded their majority in the Senate, setting the stage for a divided government. Maryland made history by electing its first Black governor and attorney general, first Asian-American lieutenant governor, and first woman comptroller. In Anne Arundel County, County Executive Steuart Pittman was re-elected to a second term in office and Democrats held their 4-3 majority on the County Council.

Mrs. Heather Steven, an AP Government and Politics teacher at Broadneck says the election results show an America dissatisfied with the two-party system. “Candidates who were elected were a little more moderate” and not as partisan as one might expect, she said. She also predicts that over the next few years, Americans will see more gridlock in Washington. “I think you can expect to see even less legislation being passed…specifically with Republicans holding the House, you might see more oversight hearings.” She also addressed the fear of a government shutdown. “A lot of our community works in the bureaucracy…it can cause a lot of stress, strife, and trauma.”

Charlotte Pfabe, a senior who leans more liberally, believes the results show the alignment of younger voters. “I think that as younger voters begin participating in elections more often, the results will swing leftwards,” pointing to the election of the first member of Congress from, Maxwell Frost, a Florida Democrat (Pfabe, Senior). She hopes that elected officials will continue to fund schools and protect reproductive rights. “Many times candidates will take strong stances on specific issues during the campaign season and change their position once they’re in office” (Pfabe, Senior). Luke Phelps, a freshman who leans more conservative, also hopes that elected officials will make good on their promises. “As long as they’re willing to make change for the better, I’m for it” (Phelps, Freshman). He also believes politicians should be more realistic in their priorities. “More often than not, a lot of times the problem remains the same” (Phelps, Freshman).

Students who are interested in registering to vote can visit the county Board of Elections website or register with a party when obtaining a driver’s license.

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