Author: Kraz Greinetz

Kraz Greinetz is a third year law student at Duke University, where he serves as Articles Editor for the Duke Journal of Constitutional Law and Public Policy. Formerly a Dave Kennedy Fellow and extern at the Institute for Justice, his work has been published in outlets such as The San Francisco Chronicle, Reason, and the Bulwark. His interests include maps, elections, maps of elections, and college football. He can be reached at [email protected].

When pundits talk about the 2018 midterms, two dominant storylines often emerge: the Democratic gains in the House of Representatives, and the disappointment the party felt at being unable to capture the Senate. The losses in the Senate stung particularly hard for the Democratic Party. The GOP expanded their majority in the chamber despite Trump occupying the White House, a historical anomaly in American politics. But why? Most analysts have pointed to the deeply divisive and highly publicized nomination process of Brett Kavanaugh, which became a political flash point when allegations of sexual misconduct him were made public on September…

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