A midterm election that brought change

Analysts describe midterm elections in dramatic terms. Elections bring on seismic shifts or give parties a shellacking. But when it comes to real change, it's hard to top the midterms of 1914.

     Previously, senators were elected by state legislatures, but the 17th Amendment, ratified in 1913, changed all that. "The Senate of the United States shall be composed of two Senators from each state, elected by the people thereof, for six years,..." the amendment said. So in November 1914, Americans voted for their senators for the first time.
     In truth, midterms lack the excitement of a presidential election, and voters often pass up the opportunity to cast their ballots. But midterm elections can be significant:


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