Larry Sabato, one of the leading experts in American politics, will bring together respected journalists and academics from across the political spectrum to examine every facet of the 2022 midterm election, and what its development and outcome will mean for the nation moving forward. In frank, accessible prose, each author offers insight that goes beyond the headlines, and dives into the underlying forces and shifts that drove the election from its earliest developments to its dramatic conclusion. Following Sabato’s introductory analysis, the contributors will provide a comprehensive review of everything in play during the 2022 midterms and look ahead to the 2024 presidential campaign.
Larry J. Sabato is the Robert Kent Gooch Professor of Politics at the University of Virginia and director of its Center for Politics. He is the author or editor of more than twenty books on American politics and elections.
Kyle Kondik is the managing editor of Sabato’s Crystal Ball, the University of Virginia Center for Politics’ nonpartisan newsletter on American campaigns and elections. His most recent book is The Long Red Thread: How Democratic Dominance Gave Way to Republican Advantage in US House Elections.
Carah Ong Whaley is academics program officer at the Center for Politics at the University of Virginia and cohost of Politics Is Everything, a podcast with thoughtful discussions to inspire informed political and civic participation to strengthen democracy.
J. Miles Coleman is associate editor of Sabato’s Crystal Ball, the University of Virginia Center for Politics’ nonpartisan newsletter on American campaigns and elections. He is the author of the forthcoming America Votes 35: 2021–2022.
Preface and acknowledgements
1. Another Confounding Election
Larry J. Sabato
2. Donald Trump and the Vanishing Red Wave
3. 2022 Primaries: Setting the Table for November
4. Not Much But Good Enough: The GOP’s House Takeover
5. The Senate: Sticking with the Devils They Know
J. Miles Coleman
6. Governors & State Legislatures
Mary Frances McGowan
7. The Red Ripple of Election Denialism
Carah Ong Whaley
8. A Year 0f High Turnout, New Rules, and Changes in How We Vote
9. How Overturning Roe versus Wade Hijacked the Midterms
10. Black Republicanism in the Red
Theodore R. Johnson
11. A Growing Political Force: Asian Americans in the 2022 Election
Edward Berdan and Natalie Masuoka
12. Mixed Signals from 2022’s Latino Vote
Mark Hugo Lopez
13. Mainstream and Social Media in the Midterm Elections
14. Emerging Campaign Finance Trends and Their Impact on the 2022 Midterm Election and Beyond
Michael E. Toner and Karen E. Trainer
15. So Why Wasn’t It a Wave?
About the Contributors
The Red Ripple, edited by Sabato …. With contributions by several authors, this volume offers a good analysis of the 2022 elections. It discusses, among other things, why the predicted "red wave" of widespread Republican victories did not occur; the role of Donald Trump, particularly in the primaries; candidate quality among Republicans running for the Senate; the consequences of redistricting for the House, particularly in New York and Florida; and the impact of overturning Roe v. Wade on the campaigns and results…. good for upper-division and graduate courses. Recommended…. Advanced undergraduates and graduate students