Ticket-splitters are in large part to thank for the Democrats holding on to their Senate majority. New Hampshire Democratic Sen. Maggie Hassan and the state’s Republican governor Chris Sununu both majorly won against their opponents.
Similarly, in Nevada, Democratic voters managed to reelect Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto but did not help ensure that the sitting Democratic governor could keep his position.
In Georgia, Gov. Brian Kemp managed to easily win his reelection, while the Senate election is heading to a runoff. Still, in the midterms, Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock held a narrow majority against his challenger.
These results show that there has been a general push towards de-polarized politics in which many voters voted for candidates from both parties for different positions. However, according to a Politico analysis that is not the actual case. In fact, the ticket-splitting in these races appears to be the lowest it has been in any midterm elections since the 1990s.
Yet, even though there were few split voters, they were essential in helping the Democrats keep control of the Senate. This ticket-splitting was also pushed in part because of the many voters who chose to not support Trump-backed Senate nominees. This is because these endorsements were for those Senators who had supported former President Trump’s claims that the 2020 election was stolen.
Whit Ayres, a Republican pollster, noted that while historically low, these voters were critical as they chose whom to vote for based on the quality of the candidates. This is what allowed the Democrats to keep control of the Senate.