What are the U.S. midterm elec­tions?

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The U.S. midterms are the elec­tions that take place ev­ery four years in Novem­ber, in the mid­dle of a pres­i­dent’s term in of­fice.

Dur­ing these elec­tions, Amer­i­can ci­ti­zens elect all the mem­bers of the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives (435 seats). They also elect mem­bers of the Se­nate in 33 or 34 states, which means that roughly a third of the seats in the Se­nate are up for grabs. Vot­ers also elect their gov­er­nors in 36 states. In many states, vot­ers are also be­ing asked to elect mem­bers of their state leg­is­la­tures, as well as other of­fi­cers like state and county judges.

These elec­tions are of­ten re­garded as a ref­er­en­dum on the sit­ting pres­i­dent be­cause what is at stake is con­trol of the sec­ond arm of gov­ern­ment, the “leg­is­la­ture”, that is both houses of the U.S. Congress.

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