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(MIDDLETOWN, CT) February 27, 2023 – New research utilizing Wesleyan Media Project data yields new insights on the polarization of 2022 midterm messaging between the parties in discussions of race as compared to discussions of gender. The new analysis, described by the Collaborative on Media and Messaging (COMM) for Health and Social Policy, builds on prior research published by WMP’s co-directors in early 2023 highlighting the pro-Democratic focus on abortion as a key issue. What was not previously known was the extent to which the race-related conversation in 2022 was contested between the parties and led more often by Republicans. The article is open-access and forthcoming in the Journal of Health Politics, Policy, and Law. Visit the COMM website description for further information and a link to the forthcoming publication.