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Roll Call: Independents Can Help GOP Withstand Blue Wave

by Emily O'Connor

The WG’s David Winston argues that it was mainly independents, not other demographic groups or party bases, which drove recent Democratic gains in Virginia, Alabama, and Wisconsin:

Is a blue wave about to hit the GOP head on? While a higher turnout usually favors Democrats as we saw in Virginia, Republicans have won key House and Senate races in high-turnout years. 2016 is a good example. However, Democrats don’t necessarily need a presidential year to win either, as we saw in 2006. But whatever the turnout this fall, both parties need independents to win.

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