Making U.S. politics young again

Politicians and voters may or may not be making America great again, but they are making American politics young, and young again, if one considers the fact that several of the country’s ‘Founding Fathers’ were in their 20s and 30s. This trend is showing up in at least two ways — a surge in the number of young candidates running for office and the number of young people voting.On the supply side, some 700 millennials (a hazily defined term for those attaining adulthood in the early years of this millennium), ran in 6,000 State legislative races in November, according to a report in Axios.On the demand side, the estimated midterm election turnout for 18-29-year-olds was 31%, according to CIRCLE, a research centre at Tufts University. The record since 1986 has been 21%. In several tight State races such as those in Nevada and Texas, there was a fivefold increase in early voting among the 18-29-year-olds compared to 2014, according to The Hill, a political website.The increase in young voters between 2014 and 2018 went almost entirely to Democrats, with Republican numbers remaining stable, according to an Harvard University Institute of Politics estimate. Exit polls analysed by Real Clear Politics suggest that young voters prefer Democrats by margins of +27 to +35 points to their Republican counterparts.

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