Political scientists discusses potential of midterm election

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DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Dr. Mark Caleb Smith of Cedarville University joined 2 NEWS Monday to provide insight on Trump’s involvement in the midterm election, early voter turnout, and Issue 1.

Dr. Smith described Trump’s involvement in the midterm election as “uniquely polarizing.”

“He’s uniquely inserted himself into this campaign in a way that we don’t often see presidents do. I think he’s inspiring turnout on both sides of the aisle. Republicans want to vote for him, Democrats want to vote against him, and he’s made this very clear: if you want to continue his policies, vote for the Republicans, and if you don’t, vote for the Democrats,” he said.

He goes on to say that it’s too soon to tell if record early-voter turnout numbers have any correlation with new voters.

“It’s not clear yet whether those early voting numbers are new voters or whether these are people who would normally vote and just happen to be voting early. It could be that we’re getting more used to early voting and it’s just more of a common thing to do, or it could be that we’re seeing so much enthusiasm that we’re actually going to see a turnout that’s higher,” he says.

Perhaps the biggest issue Ohioans will vote on in this election is that of Issue 1. Dr. Smith says he isn’t so sure that the voters should be the ones to decide whether it passes.

He says, “I’d really prefer it if the general assembly would deal with this kind of thing instead of making it a constitutional amendment. Voters, I think, are still a little bit confused about it, it’s a complicated issue, and so you hope that people read it carefully and develop a proper opinion.”

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