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Last Tuesday, the 2018 midterm elections concluded, bringing to an end months of hard campaigning, vociferous debate, and predictions that ranged from the spot-on to wildly inaccurate. The Democratic “blue wave” wasn’t a tsunami, but it was large enough to capture control of the house from the Republicans, and flip governorships in several states potentially meaningful to the 2020 presidential election.
Republicans weren’t heartbroken, though, as they managed to gain one Senate seat for sure, and have recounts ongoing in Arizona and Florida that may give them a 54-46 majority. In statewide elections, Democrats made up a somewhat impressive amount of ground, but Republicans kept some key strongholds.
This week’s topic asks you to delve deep into the results and repercussions of the midterms, and should challenge you to think beyond the simple facts of what seats were won and lost.
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Mark’s competitive history includes top awards in policy, Lincoln-Douglas, parli, extemp, and apologetics in NCFCA and Stoa. He is currently an honors student at the University of Texas, dual-majoring in the Plan II Honors Program and the School of Business. Through his connections with forensics and writing for Monument, Mark earned an internship at the Texas Civil Justice League, where his research aims to increase stability and fairness in Texas’ civil justice system. In his spare time, Mark plays for UT’s rugby team.