Help Researchers Understand the 2022 U.S. Midterm Elections

Help Researchers Understand the 2022 U.S. Midterm Elections

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Tuesday, November 8, 2022, will be a big day for the United States. While midterm elections often don’t get as much attention as presidential elections, they are often just as important for the future of the country—and your students need to learn more about them to understand this. 

This year, voters will cast ballots in congressional, state, and local elections, and the balance of power in Congress will be up for grabs. Referenda on contentious issues will also be held, including several measures on abortion rights, which are now open to restriction since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization in June to overturn Roe v. Wade

So, where can students start their research on the 2022 midterms? World News Digest, that’s where. 

World News Digest’s 2022 Midterm Elections Guide

Senate Map from World News Digest's Midterm Elections Guide

World News Digestthe go-to resource for context and background on key issues and events in the news for more than 80 years—now features a comprehensive guide to the upcoming midterm elections. The new 2022 Midterm Elections Guide offers a wide range of information, all presented dynamically through interactive charts, maps, and timelines. 

Ahead of Election Day, the feature compares congressional retirements between the two major parties. In addition, forecasts from FiveThirtyEight, a trusted source of political and polling analysis, and detailed results of special elections to the House of Representatives offer previews of what might come in November, while a timeline of highlights from primary contests gives insights into the most volatile and unpredictable races. Finally, a map shows which states are holding contests for seats in the evenly divided Senate.

Users can find World News Digest’s new 2022 Midterm Elections Guide in the upper right corner of the home page. Continue to check the guide in the weeks before and after the elections, as World News Digest will update these exciting features and add new ones once the results start to come in after Election Day.

But, What About Past Elections?

If your students want to take a closer look at what past election results looked like, guide them toward World News Digest’s U.S. Presidential Elections section, which compiles news articles, photographs, primary sources, and more for each presidential election from 1940 to 2016, plus a 2020 Elections Guide so students can compare and contrast the details of 2020’s congressional elections with those of the 2022 midterms.

U.S. Presidential Elections on World News Digest

What Is World News Digest?

World News Digest contains a wealth of material and a dynamic interface that makes it easy to explore the events that shape our world. For more than 80 years, World News Digest has been a critical resource for context and background on key issues and events in the news. Hundreds of news sources, governments, and organizations—including ABC News, CBS News, CNN, Fox News, NBC News, NPR, and the parliament of Canada—rely on World News Digest for a broader view of the issues that matter today.

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