Democrats Hold The Line and Republicans Flub the Midterms

Despite all predictions to the contrary, Republicans are not as strong as they think they are.

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Despite months of claiming that a red wave would hit the House and Senate and the supposed failure of the Biden administration would lead to a complete and utter defeat of the Democratic Party, the midterms were, at most, a red trinkle. Despite President Biden’s approval rating resting at a low of 39 percent, according to a CNN Poll, Republicans failed to handle the rise of young voters and were prevented from taking the Senate and barely managed to take the House of Representatives.

As of recording, the Democrats have secured the Senate with 50 seats to the GOP’s 49 seats, with Georgia’s race going into a runoff and quite possibly leading the Democrats to gain a seat in the Senate. In the House, Republicans have done only slightly better but have shown an incredible weakness in their momentum. As of writing, the GOP holds 218 seats in the House, just enough to hold the majority, with Democrats holding 212 with only three seats remaining competitive. 

As it stands right now, Republicans have gained a pitiful six seats in the House or an estimated .013 percent of the House membership. Even if they take all of the remaining seats that have not yet been called, Republicans will have only gained roughly .02 percent of the House’s seats from where they started.

Now, I have written about this before on the website, and some of you may have read through some of what I said, but I can’t emphasize enough how weak this showing was for the Republicans. I went into this election cycle, and yes, I am admitting it, expecting something similar to a Red Wave or, at the very least, a slight advantage for the GOP in the Senate, but instead, I saw Republicans squeaking their way to control. 

To put this into perspective, and I mentioned this earlier in my previous article, almost every president has lost the midterms to some extent since the Civil War. During the 2010 midterms under Barack Obama, Democrats lost 63 seats in the House of Representatives. Under Donald Trump in 2018, Democrats took 41 seats in the House from the Republicans. Currently, it seems like Republicans will be lucky to gain more than 15.  To put it lightly, Republicans have severely underperformed despite all of their harping on their supposed success. 

As a result of this failure, Republicans, and by extension, the former president Donald Trump, has also underperformed, as his support for candidates like Dr. Oz failed to secure victory. And part of the reason that was the case was Gen Z, who showed up in record numbers, buoyed by the 2018 and 2020 elections. Of voters aged 18-29, 63 percent voted Democratic. Even though they only constituted roughly 12 percent of the vote, Gen Z voters were a force to be reckoned with at a level they previously hadn’t been. 

What I want people to understand, and you will all see this in a later discussion I uploaded after the break, is that the importance of people activating their will not just in their own discussion in private life but in their ability to show up to demand change can have historic consequences. Even though Gen Z compromised a minority of the vote, their historic vote share was enough to stem the tide of Republican domination. In other words, if you are a voter aged 19 to 29, you have more power than you know.

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