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'Behind the Blue': Election 2022 recap with Stephen Voss, Emily Beaulieu Bacchus

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 22, 2022) — On Tuesday, Nov. 8, Kentuckians joined their fellow Americans at the voting booth for the 2022 mid-term elections. Federal, state and local offices were on the ballot, along with a multitude of state constitutional amendments. On a federal level, the election resulted in a divided government heading into 2023, as Republicans gained control of the House of Representatives for the first time since 2019, while Democrats retained their Senate majority.

On this episode of "Behind the Blue," Emily Beaulieu Bacchus, a UK associate professor who specializes in comparative politics, and Stephen Voss, an associate professor who specializes in voting behavior and political methodology, discuss the impact of these elections on a local, state and national level. They offer insight on factors that may have swung elections from one side to the other, the shakeups in party leadership for both parties, how this year sets the stage for the 2024 elections and more.

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