The Kids Showed Up To Save Democrats Again

by | Nov 10, 2022 | Politics

Early data shows young people showed up in larger-than-anticipated numbers in this year’s midterm elections, potentially providing the margin Democrats needed to blunt the GOP’s much-ballyhooed red wave and proving it’s time for a shift in how the country discusses youth voting.“People have said, ‘Well, we’ll believe it when we see it,’” said John Della Volpe, the director of polling at the Harvard Kennedy School Institute of Politics and a top youth vote advisor to President Joe Biden’s campaign in 2020. “We’ve seen it. This is now the third chapter of a new story about young people voting in America. The conventional wisdom on the youth vote needed to change after [former President Donald] Trump’s election.”AdvertisementIf three is a trend ― as the 2018, 2020 and 2022 elections seem to be ― young people’s high engagement is perhaps Democrats’ best source of electoral confidence going forward. Millennials were far more liberal than any prior generation and boosted Democrats during President Barack Obama’s tenure. Gen Z shares their left-leaning viewpoint, and votes at even higher levels. If Democrats keep giving them reasons to show up, advocates and pollsters said, they can expect to continue reaping political rewards. “We can start to retire some of the myths that have persisted around young people and civic participation,” said Kimberly Inez McGuire, the executive director of the youth abortion rights group URGE. “We …

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