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Why the US midterms matter – from abortion rights to democracy

By David Smith, Lauren Gambino, Joan E Greve and Sam Levine

04 Nov 2022 · 6 min read

Editor's Note

The US midterms are fast approaching. It can be hard to decipher the significance of these elections. The Guardian breaks down what's at stake.

America is hurtling towards the first nationwide test of its democracy since Donald Trump left the White House and his supporters mounted a deadly insurrection at the US Capitol. The midterm elections on Tuesday will decide control of Congress as well as 36 state governorships – but will also be a referendum on Joe Biden’s presidency, and fire the starting gun for the race to the White House in 2024.

Here’s why the midterms matter for some of the biggest issues facing the US – and the world:

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