Gen Z, Young Millennials Prevented a Red Wave

November 9, 2022

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While many races remained too close to call as of Wednesday morning, leaving which party will control Congress in 2023 in question, an Election Day “red wave” did not occur.

And it appears, Democrats have Generation Z and young Millennials to thank for shielding them from a shellacking.

According to CNN’s national exit polling, Democrats dominated Republicans by 28 points among 18-29 year-old voters and by 2 points among 30-44 year-olds. Meanwhile, Republicans dominated Democrats by 11 points among 45-64 years-olds and by 13 points among those age 65 and older.

Young people apparently were far more motivated to vote in this midterm than in the last one. According to an October poll of 18-24 year-olds in eight swing states, 67% had said they were “absolutely” or “likely” to vote this year versus just 32% in that same poll during the 2018 midterm.

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