Explaining US midterm elections 2018

What’s at stake? Will voters show up? And who is looking to make history?

INTERACTIVE: US Midterm elections outside image

US voters go to the polls on Tuesday to take part in midterm elections that will help define the remainder of President Donald Trump‘s term in office. 

In the House of Representatives, all 435 seats are up for grabs. Thirty-five seats in the Senate are up for election, as well as 39 governorships in 36 states and three US territories. 

Trump’s Republican party currently has a majority in the Senate and House of Representatives, but failure to hold on to either could result in political deadlock for the US leader’s most ambitious policies.


Voter turnout in midterm elections in the past has always been lower than the presidential elections. But according to the Pew Research Center, voter enthusiasm for a midterm election is at its highest in almost 20 years. 


This year’s US midterm elections have already made history. In the primaries, a record number of women, Native Americans, and Muslim candidates ran for office. 

From the first expected Muslim congresswomen to the first potential female black governor. Here’s are some of the women to look out for:

Source: Al Jazeera