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Indira Lakshmanan Moderates a Discussion on 2018 Midterm Elections Results and Implications

Pulitzer Center Executive Editor Indira Lakshman speaks President Trump's use of the term "Fake News." Screenshot from a Washington Post video stream. United States, 2018.

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Image courtesy of Brookings.
Image courtesy of Brookings.

Watch to the full panel discussion above.

This year's midterm elections could result in a major political shake-up of federal, state, and local leadership. Many candidates face tight, well-funded races and a political climate energized by reactions to President Trump. Once the polls close on November 6, the time for analysis begins: Was the supposed "blue wave" successful? If yes, what are the implications? And if not, why? What can the results tell us about the governing challenges that will face America over the next two years?

On Thursday, November 8, Governance Studies at Brookings convened a panel of experts to address these questions and more. Panelists reviewed the results of the race, the factors that produced that outcome, and what this means for the state of American politics moving forward.

After the discussion, panelists took questions from the audience.

MODERATOR - Indira Lakshmanan, Executive Editor - Pulitzer Center, Washington Columnist - The Boston Globe. Twitter: @Indira_L


William A. Galston, Ezra K. Zilkha Chair and Senior Fellow - Governance Studies. Twitter: @BillGalston

Elaine Kamarck, Founding Director - Center for Effective Public Management, Senior Fellow - Governance Studies. Twitter: @EKamarck

Molly E. Reynolds , Senior Fellow - Governance Studies. Twitter: @mollyereynolds

Vanessa Williamson , Senior Fellow - Governance Studies. Twitter: @v_williamson


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