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Why should you vote: The states are red, the preferences are blue


Why should you vote: The states are red, the preferences are blue

November 4, 2018, 9:42 am by Sam Wang


(Written in collaboration with Owen Engel ’21.)

Progressive policies are more common than progressive candidates. The candidates for the red state in favor of the minimum wage increase and Medicaid expansion have lost out to rivals, who see them as liberals. However, surveys show that a bipartisan majority favor similar policies. This is a testament to how well Republicans work when it comes to politics about candidates rather than issues.

In six states across the country, voters focus solely on policies. This is the part of the federal game that developers and moderators are now using to move their problems forward.

Medicaid. Citizen of the Utah, Nebraska, Montana and Idaho will vote on expanding Medicaid, providing health care benefits to lower income citizens. These states voted for Trump by a margin of between 18 and 25 percentage points. Where polls are available, however, Utah and Idaho initiatives are likely to be adopted. In Idaho, the outgoing Republican Governor Butch Otter was backing expansion. The Nebraska Initiative has the support of money seriously.

These initiatives could boost Democrats’ opportunities in some of the most vulnerable counties in these states. The October polls stay in District 4 of Utah shows McAdams (D) with an average lead position of 0.5 points (n = 4 polls) compared to Mia Love (R-inc), and Large County of Montana is currently showing a draw (n = 3) between Kathleen Williams (D) and incumbent correspondent Greg Gianforte (R). In these counties, the advancers have a way of focusing voters on health care in a very direct way. There’s no way voters will vote for a progressive candidate – but if they vote, at least they can get the policy they want.

Minimum wage increase. Opinion polls broad bipartisan support to increase the minimum wage. Missouri and Arkansas voters have the opportunity to vote to do so. The polls also showed enthusiasm for setting minimum wages for inflation – the Missouri’s initiative does.

In the race to enter the fiercely competitive Missouri Senate, Claire McCaskill (D-inc.) And Josh Hawley (R) are currently tied. And District 2 of Missouri shows an unclear race (D + 2% and R + 11% in two polls).

Card: Elections in 2018 · Health · House · Senate

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