It has been roughly two weeks since I launched my forecasting model for the 2018 midterm elections to the House of Representatives. Current generic ballot polling gives Democrats a 7.2 percentage point edge in the national popular vote, roughly where it has been since a month after Donald Trump became president. The forecasting model estimates, contrary to what a 7.2% lead would imply, that Democrats have just a 22% chance of winning the House majority on November 6, 2018.
This Week in House Midterm Elections My house midterm election forecasts launched last week. It gives Democrats a 14% chance of winning the House majority, were it held today. Since it launched there have been 5 updates to individual seats (updates occur, among other things, when an incumbent decides against a re-election bid). Those now-open seats are: Todd Rokita (R, IN-04) R+31 Rep. Rokita announced Thursday that he is running to be a US Senator from Indiana.
Note1 This article was written in conjunction with Ryan Matsumoto, a contributor at FiveThirtyEight, Developer Programs Engineer at Google and Stanford Alum. Follow him on Twitter @ryanmatsumoto1. Note2 A previous version of this article had Ossoff up 1.3% with 57% odds. Recent polling data had use revise those estimates to 0.6% and 53%, respectively. In the 2016 Iowa Democratic Primary Hillary Clinton won at least six precincts by way of a coin toss.
You can’t win an election without turning out voters, and boy, are Democrats taking that to heart. Americans in special and primary elections all over the country are turning out for elections at rates unseen in the most recent midterm cycles. We already know that Democrats are overperforming expectations for electoral performance, but raw votes in recent elections offer us some more insight into just how energized their base is.
On Wednesday, May 24th, the Republican candidate for Montana’s at-large congressional district essentially beat (body slammed) a reporter. Then, on Thursday, Greg Gianforte also beat his Democratic opponent Rob Quist in the race for the district’s House seat. Gianforte’s victory cut against some pundits’ expectations of a Democratic pickup — granted, he did break a reporter’s glasses while otherwise being a flawed candidate — and squashed hopes of Democrats being able to flip deep red House seats.