The 2018 mid-term elections could be the most exciting and impactful election cycle America has seen in several decades. Just consider: Democrats are pressing hard to take control of the House and the Senate away from Republicans; a large number of retirements from the House and several from the Senate create new openings; more liberal and more conservative candidates are winning some primaries; endorsing candidates by Twitter adds spin to an exciting election year; a contentious Supreme Court nomination; and a swing state with new, court-directed redrawing of Congressional districts. Then there are the governors’ elections! Kyle Kondik will help us understand how all these factors affect the mid-term elections and their possible influence on the outcomes, and most importantly, why each of us needs to vote on November 6th.
Kyle Kondik is a widely cited expert on American politics, with a focus on forecasting winners and providing analysis of political and electoral trends. He also serves as the communications director for UVA’s Center for Politics and is based in the Center’s D.C. office.
Before joining the Center for Politics in 2011, Kondik served as director of policy and research for former Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray and as a reporter, editorial page editor, and political columnist at newspapers in Northeast Ohio. He has appeared on CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, PBS NewsHour and Comedy Central’s The Daily Show. His book on Ohio’s presidential voting history, The Bellwether, was released in June 2016.