Be wary: Trump and Putin could yet bring democracy to a halt | Joseph O’Neill

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If Russia is allowed to wield the same influence in the midterm elections as the presidential campaign, US politics may reach a point of no return

• Joseph O’Neill is a novelist

In November next year the United States will hold its midterm elections. Every seat in the House of Representatives, and a third of the seats in the Senate, will be up for grabs. For the Democratic party the elections represent a desperately anticipated opportunity to break the Republicans’ complete control of the federal government. If historical midterm trends and the voting patterns of recent special elections hold up, Democrats have a fighting chance of winning back the House, and an outside shot at the Senate.

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