US midterm elections reflected a growing polarization of the electorate

US midterm elections and gubernatorial elections showed a growing polarization of the American electorate, RISS expert Ilya Kravchenko pointed out. Election day was marked by an unprecedented high turnout (more than 100 million people voted). There were several sensations during the election day: Democrats were able to defeat the political heavyweight Scott Walker in Wisconsin; Republican candidate Ted Cruz who was widely predicted to lose the elections narrowly won re-election as Senator for Texas; the Republicans also won unexpectedly in Florida.

The political scientist noted that almost all latest predictions for this midterm elections came true. Democrats who earned larger majority in Congress would certainly put a spoke in the wheels of the White House administration. This will not radically change the balance of power at the moment, but it will pave the way for a new political battle in 2020. Democrats may start impeachment proceedings against Donald Trump and summon members of the President's team without the consent of the minority party (this right is provided by the amendments adopted in 2015).

"D.Trump is clearly has an intention to run for the presidential elections in 2020. In this regard, it is very interesting to follow the events in the 116th Congress, which will begin its work in January. If Trump previously failed to achieve consensus even within his own party, now it will be almost impossible for him to lobby his bills. On the other hand, initiatives coming from the Lower House will be blocked by Republicans in the Upper House. So the country can move to a new stage of political crisis, when the legislative branch of power will be blocked because of its own internal political battles. It is very interesting to observe how both parties will form their centrist cores," RISS expert underscored.

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