America Loves To Root For The Underdog, But This Time It Signifies Something More Prescient About The 2024 Presidential Elections.
Article Written By Jett James Pruitt
To date, more than 30 million early votes have already been cast in Tuesday's Midterm Elections. Among the many races being watched closely by political pundits, two races in particular are defying the odds in terms of voter predictability.
With Republican Hershel Walker facing multiple accusations of abortion hypocrisy in Georgia, and Democrat John Fetterman plagued with genuine concerns about physical health in Pennsylvania, these two candidates are defying the odds when it comes to their popularity in the polls.
For example, pollsters currently have Walker in a statistical deadlock with his opponent, incumbent Senator Raphael Warnock (D-GA). But if this race took place a decade ago, most would agree that a candidate like Walker could have never withstood the storm of controversy, and would have been forced to drop out months before election day.
The same rule applies to Fetterman and his race against Dr. Mehmet Oz. A debate performance like the one that took place on October 25th would have sunk any candidate a mere ten years ago, but instead, it barely made a dent in Fetterman's lead within the polls.
So what is the reason for this newfound political immunity among atypical candidates?
Walker and Fetterman are just two examples of how voters are now exclusively voting for their political party, not for individual candidates.
Walker and Fetterman wins on November 8th would not only support this theory, it will give pollsters a clear indication as to how the 2024 elections will turn out.
As mentioned in my previous article, the 2022 Midterm Elections may be the second most important election cycle of our lifetimes. With inflation, war, crime, abortion, education, insurrection, and gender issues making their way into daily conversations around the breakfast table, no one knows for certain just how divided America is at this very moment . . . but we can certainly all feel it.
For the first time in modern history, a significant but unknown percentage of Republican voters are refusing to voice their political opinions outside of their homes — citing distrust of the government and fears of "being canceled" in the workplace.
For this reason, we believe there is a whopping 7 to 9-point margin of error across most national polls, undercounting the number of independent voters who will side with Republicans in states with extremely tight races. More importantly,
The number one factor that will determine the outcome of this election is the AGE of voters who actually turn up on November 8th.
Why? Because one's age typically determines the order in which a voter ranks the importance of key issues on the ballot.
For example, voters over the age of 50 will be much more concerned with looming recession and rising inflation than reproductive rights and student loan debt forgiveness. Voters under the age of 25 will typically reverse the ranking, prioritizing abortion rights and climate reform over concerns about the economy.
In addition, some pollsters claim that older American voters tend to subconsciously lean towards masculine leaders in times of fear (looming war, economic volatility, etc.) and towards feminine leaders in time of peace and recovery.
Therefore, in extremely tight races, the perceived masculinity or femininity (i.e. the boldness/fearlessness or caring/nurturing nature of the candidate, regardless of sex) may impact the outcome among older voters, whereas younger generations do not appear to carry this bias into the polling booth.
Therefore, if Gen Z and Millennials fail to visit the polls in full force during the Midterms, Gen X and Baby Boomers will turn the House and Senate Red just by showing up.
Senator Raphael Warnock (D-GA)
Either way, the 2022 Midterms will be the harbinger of the pivotal 2024 Presidential Election, which may be the most important election of our lifetimes.
It will be the first chapter of a specific course for America that will lean prominently in one direction or another starting January 20, 2025.
Exactly what will that direction be? Only time will tell. But for now, we'll take a look at the most interesting races in the 2022 Midterms:
35 Seats Up For Grabs
Projected Winners Listed in BOLD
Republicans Will Win The Majority
51 Republicans / 49 Democrats
Will Boyd (D) vs. Katie Britt (R)
Patricia Chesbro (D) vs. Lisa Murkowski (R-Incumbent)
Mark Kelley (D-Incumbent) vs. Blake Masters (R)
Natalie James (D) vs. John Boozman (R-Incumbent)
Alex Padilla (D-Incumbent) vs. Mark Meuser (R)
Michael Bennet (D-Incumbent) vs. Joe O'Dea (R)
Richard Blumenthal (D-Incumbent) vs. Leora Levy (R)
Val Demings (D) vs. Marco Rubio (R-Incumbent)
Raphael Warnock (D-Incumbent) vs. Herschel Walker (R)
Brian Schatz (D-Incumbent) vs. Bob McDermott
David Roth (D) vs. Mike Crapo (R-Incumbent)
Tammy Duckworth (D-Incumbent) vs. Kathy Salvi (R)
Thomas McDermott (D) vs. Todd Young (R-Incumbent)
Michael Franken (D) vs. Chuck Grassley (R-Incumbent)
Mark Holland (D) vs. Jerry Moran (R-Incumbent)
Charles Booker (D) vs. Rand Paul (R-Incumbent)
Gary Chambers (D) vs. John Kennedy (R-Incumbent)
Chris Van Hollen (D-Incumbent) vs. Chris Chaffee (R)
Trudy Valentine (D) vs. Eric Schmitt (R)
Cheri Lynn Beasley (D) vs. Ted Budd (R)
Maggie Hassan (D-Incumbent) vs. Don Bolduc (R)
Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Incumbent) vs. Adam Laxalt (R)
Katrina Christensen (D) vs. John Hoeven (R-Incumbent)
Chuck Schumer (D-Incumbent) vs. Joe Pinion (R)
Tim Ryan (D) vs. J.D. Vance (R)
Madison Horn (D) vs. James Lankford (R-Incumbent)
Kendra Horn (D) vs. Markwayne Mullin (R)
Ron Wyden (D-Incumbent) vs. Jo Rae Perkins (R)
John Fetterman (D) vs. Mehmet Oz (R)
Krystle Matthews (D) vs. Tim Scott (R-Incumbent)
Brian Bengs (D) vs. John Thune (R-Incumbent)
Mike Lee (R) vs. Evan McMullin (I)
Peter Welch (D) vs. Gerald Malloy (R)
Patty Murray (D-Incumbent) vs. Tiffany Smiley (R)
Mandela Barnes (D) vs. Ron Johnson (R-Incumbent)
435 Seats Up For Grabs
Republicans Will Win The Majority
221 Republicans / 214 Democrats
Key Races to Watch:
Georgia's 14th District
Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Incumbent) will win back her seat against Marcus Flowers (D) signaling to the Democratic party that MAGA candidates are not going away anytime soon.
California's 27th District
If Mike Garcia (R-Incumbent) is somehow re-elected in this solid blue territory, the Democrats will certainly need a new strategy to win back the public in 2024. But our bet is that abortion will the key topic in this district, making Christy Smith (D) the winner.
Iowa's 3rd District
Cindy Axne (D-Incumbent) will be ousted by Zach Nunn (R) in a quickly changing territory that includes Des Moines.
Virginia's 7th District
Abigail Spanberger (D-Incumbent) will be replaced by contender Yesil Vega (R) due to major parent concerns about education in her district. Vega is part of a larger trend of conservative Latinx candidates who strike a chord with voters who fled from communist/dictatorship countries.
Candidate for Arizona Governor, Kari Lake (R)
The Race for Governor
36 Seats Up For Grabs
Republicans Will Win The Majority
29 Republicans vs. 21 Democrats
Trump supporter, Kari Lake (R) will beat Katie Hobbs (D) by at least 5 points, showcasing Arizona's return to Red.
With a thousand new residents moving from Blue states to Florida each day since April 2020, Ron DeSantis (R-Incumbent) will beat Charlie Christ (D) by more than 10 points, solidifying his position as the 2024 Presidential Candidate runner-up to Trump.
Sadly, voters will not reward Stacey Abrams (D) for her perseverance and dedication to the state by giving her a win over Brian Kemp (R-Incumbent). Her important role in politics is probably best served at the national level, such as serving as DNC National Chairperson or similar.
Incumbent Governor Gretchen Whitmer (D-MI) will surprisingly withstand the Red Wave seen in other states, making her a possible Biden replacement for the 2024 Presidential election. However, this will not be the last time contender Tudor Dixon (R) hits the national stage.
This open seat may be the best litmus test for the rest of the country. If MAGA Republican candidate Doug Mastriano somehow pulls off a win in this popular purple state, it will create a momentum to strengthen the GOP's bid for the White House in 2024. However, we believe Josh Shapiro (D) will be the victor.
Election day is Tuesday, November 8, 2022. Be sure to get out and vote.
Born in 2005, Jett James Pruitt is a Native American, Pulitzer Prize-nominated author of the book Through The Eyes of a Young American. He is the founder and editor-in-chief of TheGenZPost.com, and is a political strategist specializing in Generation Z voting trends. His next book The Progressive Conservative is due in bookstores late next year.