Vote 2018
Vote 2018

Polls have now closed in a num­ber of states on the East Coast, and while many votes remain to be count­ed, Democ­rats are see­ing a few ear­ly signs of progress in their quest to cap­ture the Unit­ed Stat­ed House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives, many gov­er­nor­ships, and maybe even the Unit­ed States Senate.

In Vir­ginia, Democ­rats net­ted their first U.S. House pick­up with Jen­nifer Wex­ton, who is the pro­ject­ed vic­tor over Bar­bara Com­stock in Vir­gini­a’s 10th Dis­trict. This is one of the House dis­tricts that vot­ed for Hillary Clin­ton in the 2016 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion but is cur­rent­ly rep­re­sent­ed by a Republican.

In Flori­da, Demo­c­ra­t­ic can­di­dates Andrew Gillum and and Bill Nel­son held leads for much of the evening, but after many Repub­li­can-dom­i­nat­ed coun­ties report­ed in, their Repub­li­can oppo­nents Ron DeSan­tis and Rick Scott took nar­row leads. Two vote-rich coun­ties that are key for Demo­c­ra­t­ic hopes, Broward and Mia­mi Dade, have many bal­lots left to count, so the Democ­rats could eas­i­ly recap­ture leads.

Exit polling by one of two media con­sor­tiums sur­vey­ing vot­ers sug­gests that many vot­ers con­sid­er health­care to be the most impor­tant issue in the 2018 midterms, rank­ing well ahead of immi­gra­tion, the econ­o­my, and oth­er issue buckets.

About the author

Andrew Villeneuve is the founder and executive director of the Northwest Progressive Institute, as well as the founder of NPI's sibling, the Northwest Progressive Foundation. He has worked to advance progressive causes for over two decades as a strategist, speaker, author, and organizer. Andrew is also a cybersecurity expert, a veteran facilitator, a delegate to the Washington State Democratic Central Committee, and a member of the Climate Reality Leadership Corps.

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