US mid-term elections

Mid-term polls 101

US Correspondent Charissa Yong demystifies the Congressional elections that take place in the middle of the President's term

Ted Cruz and Beto O’Rourke election signs are seen near downtown Carizzo Springs, Texas. A fresh poll released this week put Democrat Mr O’Rourke, who has steadily closed the gap over the past few months, in the lead for the first time. If he get
Ted Cruz and Beto O’Rourke election signs are seen near downtown Carizzo Springs, Texas. A fresh poll released this week put Democrat Mr O’Rourke, who has steadily closed the gap over the past few months, in the lead for the first time. If he gets the votes, he could become the first Democrat to win a statewide election in Texas since 1994. PHOTO: REUTERS

WHAT ARE MID-TERM ELECTIONS?

Americans elect their president every four years. But every two years - at the halfway mark of the president's term - they also elect the entire lower House of Representatives and one-third of their Senate.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 22, 2018, with the headline 'Mid-term polls 101'. Subscribe