This midterm election season has been unusual in that Democrats and independents have teamed up to try to stop Republicans from pulling off victories at the ballot box in November, says Rachel Maddow.
In an opinion piece for The Washington Post
, the MSNBC host noted that the phenomenon was taking place in Alaska and Kansas and could be a dynamic in Maine and South Dakota, with Democrats and independents joining forces to hammer Republicans.
"A funny thing has happened on the way to that almost inevitable Democratic drubbing. As the going has gotten tough, the tough have been getting a little weird," Maddow wrote. "Democrats and independents have decided to stop fighting each other and instead start pulling on the same side of the tug-of-war in an effort to unseat incumbent Republicans."
Maddow noted that a president's party over the past century has lost an average of 29 seats in the House in the sixth-year midterms, but suggested this year could be different.
This cycle could be an aberration, she said, because many voters have dropped their loyalties to the two main parties, instead becoming independents.
"This year's elections may be the first in which that phenomenon climbs to the top of the ticket in multiple states and discombobulates the usual two-party standoff," Maddow wrote.
"In a year where the Democratic Party is almost statistically certain to tank, ballot chaos in a handful of states is generating unexpectedly competitive general-election races, fueled by a new kind of party-disentangled but anti-Republican special sauce."
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