Sabatos Crystal Ball

The Record-Setting Midterm of 2010

Larry J. Sabato, Director, U.Va. Center for Politics August 5th, 2010


Everyone already knows the 2010 elections are significant and competitive. Let’s add record-setting to that description. Why?

Elections always matter, and citizens should vote. But if history is predictive, only about 40% of adults in the United States will cast a ballot in 2010, as opposed to a much larger 63% in 2008.

Perhaps the record number of elections—not to mention the high stakes—will encourage more Americans to participate this fall. We at the Crystal Ball certainly hope so.

Larry J. Sabato, editor, with the assistance of Joe Figueroa and Isaac Wood