Wednesday, August 22, 2018
Welcome to Secret Identity, our regular column on identity and its role in politics and policy.
Welcome to Pollapalooza, our weekly polling roundup. We’re back after a week off (and on a Monday instead of a Friday); we got sidetracked with … other things.
You’d be hard-pressed to find a primary election day with better scenery than this Tuesday's. With Alaska’s 33,904 miles of shoreline, a blue wave could very well crash ashore in the country’s northernmost state, while a billionaire could be poised to be the next governor of Wyoming after sexual-assault allegations forced an early front-runner out of the race. We won’t be live blogging this one -- we need our beauty sleep -- but you can follow along with the primer below.
Democrats are favored to gain control of the House of Representatives in this year’s midterm elections, according to the FiveThirtyEight forecast model. But -- a very FiveThirtyEight-ish sentence follows -- the range of possible outcomes is wide and Democrats’ prospects are far from certain. Relatively small shifts could allow Republicans to keep control of the House, or could turn a blue wave into a tsunami.
At a rally last month, President Trump endorsed voter ID laws, saying this to the audience: “Only American citizens should vote in American elections. Which is why the time has come for voter ID, like everything else. You know, if you go out and you want to buy groceries, you need a picture on a card.”