As the November 8 midterm elections in the United States approach, the sense of urgency among the Democrats and Republicans is escalating. Early voter turnout is on track to surpass the 2018 midterms, when a record 122 million Americans voted ahead of election day. The midterms – when congressional, state and local seats are determined – used to pass almost unnoticed, especially outside the US.
Why America’s midterm elections matter for the world
The outcome could threaten the fight against climate change and the future of democracy itself, warns Leslie Vinjamuri.