Midterm Elections : Midterm Election Essay
A midterm election is a type of general election in which the representatives of the people are elected in the middle of the main term. In the United States, midterm elections are held two years after the quadrennial presidential elections. This paper is based on the analysis of the 2014 Louisiana Senate race. This is one of the most competitive and important races in this year’s midterm elections.
The 2014 Louisiana Senate Race
Like other states, Louisiana will elect its representative in the US Senate during the midterm elections that are scheduled to take place in November 4, 2014. Louisiana’s midterm elections are normally based on the jungle primary variation of the open primary system. Under this system, the names of all the candidates are listed on the ballot, regardless of their party affiliations (Burden & Jones, 2009). The candidate who earns more than 50% of the votes is the one who is declared the winner. In case there is no candidate who receives this percentage in round one, a run-off is normally organized between the candidates who take the first two positions (Burden & Jones, 2009). Under such circumstances, it is possible to have a run-off of candidates who belong to the same political party.
The 2014 Louisiana Senate race is between various candidates of different political parties. The Democratic Party has Mary Landrieu, Wayne Ables, William Waymire, and Vallian Senegal. The Republican Party has Thomas…