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Young Voters in Pennsylvania Voted Overwhelmingly in Favor of Shapiro and Fetterman, According to Early Figures
The advocacy group NextGen America, which provided the data, attributes the Democrats’ outperformance in the 2022 midterm elections to younger voters. This is in contrast to the Republicans’ anticipated “red wave,” which could instead result in Democrats maintaining their majority in the U.S. Senate and containing losses in the U.S. House.
Control of both chambers was still up in the air on Thursday, according to the Washington Bureau of the Capital-Star, with several critical contests still too close to call. But early data from Tufts University’s Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement do demonstrate that younger voters supported Democrats over Republicans by a 28-point margin
According to CIRCLE data, almost 27% of voters between the ages of 18 and 29 cast ballots on election day, giving this midterm cycle the second-highest youth voter turnout in nearly three decades. The duel between Mehmet Oz, the celebrity physician who entered the election with the support of former President Donald Trump, and Fetterman, the current lieutenant governor of Pennsylvania, in front of a national audience was closely observed.
Josh Shapiro, the incoming governor of Pennsylvania, addresses supporters in Montgomery on Tuesday, November 8th. Younger voters in the state, whose turnout followed national patterns, preferred Fetterman by 19 points, according to the CIRCLE data, adding 120,000 net votes to Fetterman’s 185,000-vote triumph.