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How a GOP wave became a ripple

By Lisa Lerer

09 Nov 2022 · 5 min read

Editor's Note

It was supposed to be a moment to celebrate for the Republicans. Instead, the midterm elections turned out to be something of an anticlimax. The New York Times explains why.

All the conditions were there for a wave, but in the end Republicans appeared to have generated no more than a red ripple.

At the end of a campaign in which the fundamental conditions for Democrats seemed dire — inflation at a 40-year high, an unpopular president — Republicans could do no better than to end the evening still scratching here and there for the seats they needed to win control of the House, the minimum they could call a victory.

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