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Gen Z turnout may have stopped a ‘red wave.’ Young voters say they were underestimated.

Updated: Nov 30, 2022



Democrats are thanking Gen Zers for showing up and showing out at the polls.

Numbers are still coming in, but early exit polls show that a surge in young people voting in the midterm election may have boosted overall turnout and contributed to some better-than-expected results for Democrats.

Estimates say that about 27% of people ages 18 to 29 — Zoomers and those on the Gen Z-Millennial cusp — cast ballots this November, according to the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement at Tufts.

In midterm general elections dating back to the 1990s, turnout among the same age group has hovered around 20%.



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