The Unforeseen Impacts of the 2018 US Midterms

Editors: Sisco, Tauna S., Lucas, Jennifer C., Galdieri, Christopher J. (Eds.)

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  • Collects together academics from a range of disciplinary backgrounds for a unique snapshot of the 2018 midterm elections
  • Covers both Republican and Democratic electorates and consequences
  • Considers key issues such as political GIS mapping, and the impacts of Trump tariffs, gender and #MeToo, and retirements
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This book explores multiple stories of the 2018 US midterm elections. From retirements and redistricting, to #MeToo and tariffs, it synthesizes the consequences through a thoughtful, empirical analysis. As the final votes are counted, we scholars know that midterm elections matter and have unforeseen consequences for decades to come.

About the authors

Tauna S. Sisco is Associate Professor of Sociology at Saint Anselm College. Her research interests include homelessness, women and politics, and post-natal maternal healthcare. Her work has also appeared in Journal of Women, Politics, and Policy, Feminist Media Studies, and the Journal of Advanced Nursing. 

Jennifer C. Lucas is Professor Politics at Saint Anselm College. Her research, which focuses on the role of gender in campaigns, public policy, and congressional politics, has appeared in Politics & Gender, American Politics Research, and Social Science Quarterly. She is the former co-editor of the Journal of Women, Politics, and Policy.

Christopher J. Galdieri is Associate Professor of Politics at Saint Anselm College. He is a frequent commentator on New Hampshire and presidential primary politics and has published in multiple journals. He recently published Stranger in a Strange State: The Politics of Carpetbagging from Robert Kennedy to Scott Brown.


“By analyzing important, but sometimes overlooked aspects of America's historic 2018 congressional midterms, The Unforeseen Impacts of the 2018 US Midterms is a ‘must-read’ for anyone seeking to know more about this record-setting election cycle from a political science perspective.”

Rachel Bitecofer, Lecturer in the Department of Political Science at Christopher Newport University, USA and Senior Fellow at the Niskanen Center


“This set of highly engaging, well-researched essays on the 2018 midterms goes beyond surface and standard analysis of elections and delivers important insights on the structural and campaign dynamics that mattered. One major lesson is that President Trump and Republicans undermined their electoral prospects through a trade policy dependent on tariffs and retirements by long-serving House members. Another insight is that Republicans had structural advantages gained during redistricting after the 2010 Census. Finally, regarding an election that led to the largest number of women in Congress ever, the two essays on this subject demonstrate the impacts of strategies and contingencies. I strongly recommend this collection for scholars, the public and students alike.” 

Amy Fried, Professor of Politics, The University of Maine, USA and author of Pathways to Polling: Crisis, Cooperation, and the Making of Public Opinion Professions (2012)


“This book combines an understanding of long-term, broad questions about U.S. institutions and elections with analysis of the events of the 2018 midterms across a wide range of issues, including strategic congressional retirements, women and minority candidates, gendered campaign rhetoric and gerrymandering. Its insights and analysis at the district, state and national levels inform readers on our conventional understanding of U.S. politics as well the implications of 2018 for our future.” 

Kevin Parsneau, Professor of Government, Minnesota State University, USA


The Unforeseen Impacts of the 2018 US Midterms, edited by Tauna S. Sisco, Jennifer C.  Lucas & Christopher J. Galdieri, offers a uniquely interdisciplinary look at the 2018 congressional midterm elections with a mix of political science, sociology, and data analysis. Unforeseen Impacts will be of interest to politically attentive readers and it will work well as a supplemental reader for courses on political parties, elections, or campaigns. A chapter on congressional redistricting provides a novel, useful metric for judging the extent of Republican advantage owing to partisan gerrymandering by state legislatures. Two chapters are devoted to the circumstances, strategies, and success of novice and female candidates. These chapters offer more evidence on the nationalization of political conflict, suggesting that national conditions, more than local conditions, are important for the opportunities for success of challengers in congressional elections. The final chapter looks at the issues of race and protectionism to address broader questions about identity politics and economic considerations for the congressional vote. The authors offer mixed results but suggest that the status threat to the majority white citizenry, posed by increasing racial and ethnic diversity, is more complicated than is typically argued. All in all, this volume has useful material for readers of a range of political informedness with opportunities for critique and debate.”

Wayne Steger, Professor of Political Science, DePaul University, USA

Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)
  • More to the Story: The Unforeseen Impacts of the 2018 Midterms

    Pages 1-6

    Sisco, Tauna S. (et al.)

  • Stemming the Tide: The Impact of Redistricting on the 2018 Midterm Election

    Pages 7-40

    Clark, Jesse T. (et al.)

  • Checking Out: 2018 Congressional Retirements and Resignations in Historical Perspective

    Pages 41-60

    Brant, Hanna K. (et al.)

  • Women, Novices, and Veterans: Diversity in the 2018 Democratic House Primaries

    Pages 61-76

    Collens, Jack D.

  • Rethinking the Strategic Woman Candidate

    Pages 77-102

    Baer, Emily

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Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Unforeseen Impacts of the 2018 US Midterms
  • Tauna S. Sisco
  • Jennifer C. Lucas
  • Christopher J. Galdieri
Palgrave Pivot
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The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
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Number of Pages
XVIII, 133
Number of Illustrations
15 b/w illustrations, 6 illustrations in colour