What does "centrism" mean here? Cambridge Dictionary defines it as "the fact that the stated thing is the main interest" and I have no clue what it means in the context below.

My best guess for the time being is that it means that Federal government controls anything the country. Not sure I am on the right track or not.

In a time of legitimate hacking fears, there were no reports of foreign interference. Our defenses held. On top of all that, the coutcome was moderate: for all the strife and stress of recent years, the split decision amounted to a reassertion of centrism.

Source: Twitter

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    – Mari-Lou A
    Nov 24 '20 at 7:35
  • Cambridge's definition is for the suffix -centrism and it has the examples: Eurocentrism and ecocentrism.
    – Mari-Lou A
    Nov 24 '20 at 7:39
  • Okay. I've got what is centrism. But did the speaker criticise "the split decision amounted to a reassertion of centrism" or approve it?
    – NewPlanet
    Nov 24 '20 at 7:40
  • @NewPlanet They asserted it. How they intended the assertion to be taken is a question only they can answer.
    – jwpfox
    Nov 24 '20 at 7:47
  • Please edit the question. Comments are not answers. :) For one thing, they cannot be voted on.
    – Mari-Lou A
    Nov 24 '20 at 7:47

The split decision amounted to a reassertion of centrism.

"Centrism" is midway between the political right and left, or between conservatism and liberalism. It means that extremism on either side has been rejected by the election. A "split decision" means that the election wasn't very strongly in favor of either side.

Merriam-Webster "split decision"

a decision in a boxing match reflecting a division of opinion among the referee and judges

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