Why the Republican wave emerged a ripple

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Pollsters and pundits for weeks warned of an impending “red wave” – an electoral Republican rout which would deliver a harsh rebuke of Joe Biden and the Democrats.

As the sun rose across the US on Wednesday, however, it became clear that the “tsunami” Republicans had hoped for never materialised.

While the party has made modest gains and remains favoured to win the House of Representatives, the Senate remained hotly contested and the Democrats have performed better than expected. Why?

Inflation and the economy – while top of the list of voter concerns – proved not to be as damaging to Democrats as they had feared.

Initial voter data suggests that turnout was at a historic high for a midterm in many parts of the country – a fact that some attribute, in part, to a Democratic base that was driven by young people motivated by issues like reproductive rights.

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