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Writing:What's at stake? (State legislative election overviews)

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This page is a content-and-style guide about how to write the "What's at Stake?" section of a state legislative election overview article.

You won't be able to write a "What's at stake" section of this article until you research or encounter informed opinion making assertions about what is at stake with the results of this particular election.

The kinds of things that might be considered to be at stake, in a typical legislative election, are:

  • Partisan control over the chamber.
  • If a particular party is expected to or might lose its dominant position, the power and prestige of the state legislators who currently hold majority party leadership positions is at stake.
  • Sometimes, a particularly interesting piece of state legislation is thought to be at stake in a legislative election, if partisan control may change hands.

Pundits will occasionally assert that other things are at stake as well.

Writing the section

You would normally write this section with something like, "Name of Pundit," a political columnist for the Name of Newspaper, says that Name of Party may take control of the Name of Legislative Chamber on November 2 and if so, it will be the first time that Name of Party has held a dominant position in this chamber since 1985."

If and when pundits or other reliable or informed commenters assert that various things are at stake in this election, you would continue to add those assertions to this section, probably using bullet points to distinguish them.

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