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What's at stake in America's midterm elections


A graphic explainer providing an overview of the current and historical political control of both congress and the executive branch of the United States government. 


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This explainer was long-listed in the 2018 Information is Beautiful awards. Read the article in German here. Written and visualized in collaboration with David Bauer and Ann-Dorit Boy.




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Which party historically has controlled the branches of congress?

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The top portion of each house represents the Executive Branch of the government and reflects the party of the sitting president. The bottom left: Senate, bottom right: House of Representatives. 



The democrats need to defend significantly more senate seats
Each dot represents a Senator/seat that is up for election in the 2018 midterms. The color of the state reflects how the state voted during the 2016 presidential elections. 



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The distribution of seats in the House of Representatives across  America
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The distribution of seats given to each state are based on the population of a state.  


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Unpopular presidents experience larger losses
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As a rule, the president’s party loses seats in the midterm election of their first term. 

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Der Mann, der Donald Trumps grösstes politisches Vermächtnis werden könnte


Written and designed in explainer format during the nomination, hearings and confirmation of Justice Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court.



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This work was on the long list for the 2018 Information is Beautiful Awards in the category of Breaking News. Read the article in German here. Written in cooperation with Haluka Maier-Borst.



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A unique visualization system was developed to show the ideological constellation on the court at the time of Justice Anthony Kennedy's retirement.
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Additional graphics were done to show on the history of confirmation votes for past Supreme Court nominees and the increasing polarization of the Senate and public opinion.




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Case Studies
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Individual cases were used as examples to show how Anthony Kennedy’s position swayed in support for the liberal side, although he was referred to often as a conservative justice.


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Kennedy was the last judge to be confirmed to the Supreme Court without a single vote against him
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A historical review of the confirmation votes for the currently sitting Supreme Court justices


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Trump’s nominations have created the largest polarization in public opinion 
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Displayed is the procent of the population that say the Senate should confirm the justice to the court. The percent difference between republican/republican leaning and democrat/democrat leaning is the largest for Trump’s last two nominations. 


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The results of confirmation votes are becoming closer and closer – Neil Gorsuch was confirmed with just half of the Senate’s approval
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Displayed is the number of Senate votes against a candidate during their confirmation. Should a candidate receive 50 votes against him/her, they would not be confirmed. The candidates shown are those currently sitting on the Supreme Court in September 2018. 

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The Results of the American Midterms in Review


A live summary of the midterm elections kept throughout the day and night on November 6, 2018.  
 

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Read the article in German here. Visualized in collaboration with Marie- José Kolly and David Bauer.


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House of Representatives switches to democratic control
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Displayed are each voting district pro state. Lighter red and blue denote districts that voted the same way they did in the 2016 election. Darker red and blue denote districts that shifted toward the opposite party. 

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The Senate remains in republican control
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Displayed are the Senate seats up for election in the 2018 midterms. Denoted are the seats which flipped for another party.


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Governers seats flipped significantly democratic 
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Displayed are the governers seats up for election in the 2018 midterms. Denoted are the seats which flipped for another party. 


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Compared to the presidential election in 2016, what’s changed?
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Displayed is the change pro district within each state in comparison to how that district voted in the 2016 election. A blue arrow represents a shift toward democratic, a red a shift toward republican. 


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More women in congress than ever before
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In the 2018 midterms, more women were voted into congress than any other election in history. In both the Senate and the House of Representatives, the democrate party has significantly more women. 
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