Is DeSantis the New Trump? And Other Thoughts from the Midterms
BU experts weigh in on Tuesday’s election results and their portent for 2024
The pre-midterms polling seesaw of Republicans up, then Democrats, then Republicans, then—you get the point—came down less decisively for the GOP on Election Day than it had anticipated. While the party is leading in the race for control of the US House, it’s garnering fewer seats than expected. Republicans blew once-promising Senate races in states like Pennsylvania and New Hampshire, leaving control of that body within Democratic reach. (Some contests remain undecided, including Senate races in Nevada, Arizona, and Wisconsin, and Georgia’s which is headed for a runoff on December 6). Overall, Republicans’ coveted “red wave” was more of a trickle.
It wasn’t much of a party at Mar-a-Lago: many of former president Donald Trump’s endorsees for Senate, and especially governorships, tanked. (His Ohio pick, Senator-elect J. D. Vance, was an exception.)
We asked BU experts about any surprises—and any portents for democracy and policy in the next two years—they gleaned from the outcome. Their answers came in Wednesday morning, when many election results were still pending.