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November 8, 2017  

Candidates squared off yesterday in special off-year elections across the country to fill congressional, state and municipal seats that were up for grabs, and President Donald Trump’s toxic leadership boosted strong turnouts and decisive victories for   Democrats—a harbinger of the duopoly’s dogfight in 2018’s midterm elections.

Democrats, naturally, are euphoric about capturing governorships in Virginia and New Jersey and a slew of seats in state houses. But these wins may have more to do with voters’ anti-Trump sentiment than the battered Democratic Party’s direct support for the candidates.

Leid Stories, noting the almost total absence of non-duopoly parties in these elections, discusses the stranglehold the duopoly continues to have on American electoral politics.

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