February 4, 2023
Democratic Senator Maggie Hassan greets supporters after the 2022 Election Day poll in Newfield, New Hampshire, November 8, 2022

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Interim results have been released, setting the stage for a deeply divided Congress in the new year. Before Election Day, pundits predicted a red wave. Instead, Republicans narrowly avoided a historic midterm defeat in which they ultimately failed to take back the Senate. Now, political pundits want to know — what happened?

If you want to know the answer, just look at how America’s older voters are voting. In races for the House of Representatives across the country, voters over the age of 45 ended up overwhelmingly supporting candidates running on inflation and issues affecting ordinary Americans. However, Republicans running in a culture war lost support among older voters. This year, older Americans made it clear that a successful campaign platform is built on dinner table issues — and that Republicans would be wise to refocus their party’s message for the next election cycle.

This year’s midterm elections broke record turnout, driven by highly motivated older voters eager to make their voices heard. Americans over the age of 45 represent the vast majority of voters, accounting for two-thirds of all votes cast in midterm elections, and voters over 50 account for 61 percent of voters rated as “thin” or “thin” in the U.S. House of Representatives race” Toss” — some of the most contested elections in the country.

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According to exit polls, nearly one-third of Americans nationwide say inflation is their top concern. Many of these voters are over the age of 45, and they worry about high gas prices, record rent and grocery bills, and skyrocketing prescription drug costs. Yet many Republicans have focused their campaigns on culture war issues rather than the kitchen-table issues facing everyday Americans — and that has implications at the ballot box.

Democratic Senator Maggie Hassan greets supporters after the 2022 Election Day poll in Newfield, New Hampshire, November 8, 2022
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According to a recent poll published by The New York Times, voters over the age of 50 in 63 key districts no longer supported the Republican Party, and the Republican Party went from maintaining a 10-point advantage to maintaining a 3-point gap with older voters. Surveys compared voters in these closely contested races. Those voters cite threats to Medicare and Social Security as key issues, and they prioritize candidates with bipartisan sincerity.

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Also, in the key Senate race, voters over 45 beat Republican candidates in key swing states. In Arizona, Pennsylvania and New Hampshire, three states that allow Democrats to retain a slim majority in the Senate, Republican candidates have failed to win enough support from older voters. In all three states, Republican Senate candidates have let dinner-table issues take a back seat, rather than harping on how to bring down high gas prices and unaffordable rents or provide credible solutions to curb red-hot inflation. State Republicans operate on a platform dominated by highly partisan culture war issues.

Republicans are now studying the aftermath of the 2022 midterm elections for lessons as the party prepares to ramp up its messaging ahead of the next election cycle. But the way forward is clear — if Republicans want to win over older Americans, they’re going to have to focus on the dinner table.

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Now, Republicans have an opportunity to do just that. House Republicans hold a majority in Washington for the first time since 2018 despite losing support among older voters in the midterms, giving them a chance to show older voters they can lower prescription drug costs and slash gas prices by working across the aisle , to protect Social Security and Medicare.

This year, voters made one thing clear to Washington politicians: clashing on culture wars isn’t the way to win elections. Instead, Americans expect elected officials to be ready to tackle everyday problems and basic dinner table problems.

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