What We Learned About the American Voter in 2014

In this Nov. 4, 2014 file photo a voter marks her ballot at in Brooklyn, Iowa. Voting rights advocates say a proposed rule that would allow Iowans to register to vote online would exclude anyone without a driver’s license or state-issued ID and must be fixed. A public hearing is scheduled for Dec. 30. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)
In this Nov. 4, 2014 file photo a voter  marks her ballot at in Brooklyn, Iowa. Voting rights advocates say a proposed rule that would allow Iowans to register to vote online would exclude anyone without a driver’s license or state-issued ID and must be fixed. A public hearing is scheduled for Dec. 30. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)
In this Nov. 4, 2014 file photo a voter marks her ballot at in Brooklyn, Iowa. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)

 

(Politico) – Working-class white voters continued their decades long defection from the Democratic Party.

The president was a major drag on his party, particularly given a challenging Senate map.

Turnout was historically low, even for a midterm election.

The 2014 Republican landslide has both parties poring over the data, hoping to glean insights about the current state of the electorate before the 2016 elections. But it might take until the next presidential cycle to answer the most pressing question: Is Republicans’ 2014 success the result of significant changes in how voters view the two parties, or is the structural difference between the electorates in presidential and midterm years so great that Democrats still maintain a strong demographic advantage going into 2016?

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