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The Native American Electorate’s Role in the Blue Wave Referendum on President Trump’s Policy Agenda


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In a historic mid-term election that saw minority and women voters energized like never before, one of the major themes was the importance of the Native American population as both voters and candidates. Although research has found that American Indian and Alaska Natives tend to vote at relatively high rates in midterm elections, enthusiasm and turnout among Natives appeared to be exceptionally high in 2018. Many organizations worked to mobilize Native voters, and these efforts and underlying enthusiasm to voice an opinion on President Trump’s policy agenda led Native community engagement in electoral politics in 2018, as both voters and candidates, at unprecedented levels. This brief is an analysis of the Native electorate in the 2018 election across multiple dimensions.