Future of American democracy loomed large in voters’ minds

Supporters of the "Steal the Election" issue were disappointed with midterm election results. (Joshua A. Bickel/The Columbus Dispatch via AP, File) 
              FILE - With the U.S. Capitol in the background, people walk past a sign that says say, "Voters Decide Protect Democracy," Jan. 6, 2022, in Washington. This week’s ballot had an unspoken candidate, American democracy. Two years of relentless attacks on democratic traditions by former President Donald Trump and his allies left the country's future in doubt, and voters responded. Many of the candidates who supported the lie that Trump won the 2020 election lost races that could have put them in a position to influence future elections. But the conditions that threatened democracy's demise remain, and Americans view them from very different perspectives. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)
Future of American democracy loomed large in voters’ minds