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Catch the Wave: Voter Discontent During Wave Elections
  • Date: Wednesday, October 24, 2018 - Thursday, October 25, 2018
  • Time: 11:00 pm
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Are the 2018 midterms going to be a wave election? While the party controlling the White House traditionally loses congressional seats during midterm elections, there are numerous instances of wave elections, where one party suffers an extraordinary turnover. In partnership with the U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress, we present a bipartisan panel who either exited or entered Congress as part of a wave. Moderated by Roll Call journalist David Hawkings, panelists include former members of Congress: Governor James Blanchard (D-MI); Ann Marie Buerkle (R-NY); Marjorie Margolies (D-PA); Tom Davis (R-VA), and political analyst John Ashford.   The panel will discuss the political climate preceding the election, their experience campaigning during uncertain political times, and the impact for newly elected members who had to achieve the change the voters demanded. While the discussion will focus on past elections, lessons learned will be applied to the November 6, 2018, midterms.

All public programs at the National Archives are free and streamed live online via the National Archives’ YouTube channel. Reservations are recommended; seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. The doors to the building will open 45 minutes prior to the start of the program. Use the Special Events entrance on the corner of Constitution Avenue and 7th Street, NW. Click here for more information on getting to the National Archives and parking.

Live captioning will be available online and in the William G. McGowan Theater. If you require an alternative or additional accommodation for an event (such as a downloadable transcript or a sign language interpreter), please send an email to public.program@nara.gov or call 202.357.5000 in advance.