Texas/Georgia Early Voting Results Released & The GOP Is Clutching It’s Pearls

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As the largest voting bloc in America, people under 30 have more power at the polls than ever before. In Texas and Georgia, where two hotly contested races for the 2018 midterms are taking place, young people are turning out for the midterms like never before.

CNN reports from the polling places in that state that:

‘One thing is clear: the share of younger people voting early in Texas and Georgia is far outpacing anything seen at this point during the last midterm election, in 2014. The trend holds for both those voters aged 18-30 and those 30-50.’

It isn’t common to see a high turnout for the midterms, nor a high turnout from younger voters. Midterm elections have been dominated by the votes of older Americans for years, and the turnout numbers between 2010 and 2014, when President Obama watched Congress get more and more Republican, have changed dramatically.

‘If these early voting numbers actually do turn out to be a harbinger of increased turnout among younger voters, that could be great news for Democrats. According to a Harvard Institute of Politics poll released earlier this week, voters under 30 are much more likely to say they’ll vote now than they were in 2014, and they are a deeply Democratic-leaning group.
‘In most midterm election years, turnout among younger voters is meager in comparison to older voters. According to the Census bureau, just 17% of citizens under age 25 voted in 2014, compared with 59% of seniors.’

In Texas, newcomer Beto O’Rourke is drawing huge crowds over incumbent Senator Ted Cruz. O’Rourke attracts a younger voting bloc and his spirited campaign is expected to drive those younger voters to the polls.

In Georgia, Democratic candidate for governor Stacey Abrams may make history as the first black female governor in history. On Thursday, Oprah Winfrey spoke at campaign rallies for Abrams and President Obama will do the same on Friday night.
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