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[Editorial] The 2018 US midterm elections—health in the middle

Midterm elections in the USA are so called because they refer to the elections for federal offices that typically demarcate the middle of a presidential term. Historically, these elections draw lower voter turnout than presidential elections, but can serve as powerful referendum votes on a sitting president’s performance. Despite receiving nearly 3 million fewer votes than his opponent Hillary Clinton and with more than half of Americans rating him negatively, President Trump’s numbers are stable, but reflect deeply polarised political views.