The Democrats have them to thank – Joe Biden didn’t hesitate to do so. In the United States, young people helped the presidential camp avoid the electoral defeat it was promised in the early November midterm elections. The day after the election, the White House tenant stopped ” Especially “ to greet those under 30 who “again elected in historic numbers – like two years ago”.
And who, above all, overwhelmingly supported the Democratic candidates for the House of Representatives : 63% of 18-29 year olds voted for a Republican versus 35% according to Exit Polls. What to give Joe Biden a smile, surprisingly relaxed at a time when the results were still uncertain. “ They voted to continue tackling the climate crisis, gun violence, their individual rights and freedoms, and student debt relief.” he congratulated himself.
At night and in the cold
At some universities, long queues formed in front of the polling stations and students waited several hours in the dark and cold before they could put their ballots in the ballot box. The youth participation rate — 27% according to estimates by the Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (Circle) — is at the high end of recent years.
“ It’s a very good level, the second best we’ve seen for Midterms in the last twenty years.”, says Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg, director of the Circle, which is based at Tufts University in Massachusetts. That number may seem low, but when it comes to what matters most, every vote counts. Though his plan has since been suspended in court, it is well known to Joe Biden, who decided to announce some student debt forgiveness at the end of August.
Had it not been for the large turnout of younger voters, we would have seen a very different outcome in last night’s election… https://t.co/wHur1Q7u3S
“Without the large turnout of young voters, the result of last night’s election would have been very different”, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders tweeted the day after the vote. This is especially true in Pennsylvania, where the Senate race was largely a tie. the Democrat John Fetterman eventually took the seat at the expense of Republican Mehmet Oz by just over 4 points, giving his party a decisive victory. Young people are not there for nothing : 70% of 18- to 29-year-olds supported him, versus 28% for the Republican, according to Circle estimates.
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