Blue Wave

What is a blue wave in politics?

Sweeping victories for Democrats

A blue wave is a political term for when Democrats earn sweeping victories during an election. The "blue" comes from the Democrats' primary color and is the opposite of red wave, which is when Republicans win many positions in an election.

You will most likely see political pundits use blue wave. For example, they may write articles or appear on 24/7 news segments predicting or discussing a blue wave.

Blue wave typically describes victories on a national scale, like when Democrats flip seats in the U.S. Senate. However, blue wave may also refer to elections on the local level, like when voters elect Democratic state senators and representatives.

What causes a blue wave?

Each election is unique, making it hard to predict when a blue wave might occur. Different factors include the economy, handling of a pandemic, environment, human rights, family values, crime, religion, and immigration. But, typically, the most significant factor is dissatisfaction with the country's direction when Republicans hold power in the White House, Senate, and (or) House of Representatives.


The blue wave caught me by surprise
Me too. But it makes sense with people being exhausted by Trump's antics
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Updated November 10, 2022

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