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Young Voters Had Tremendous Impact On Wisconsin’s Win For Tony Evers

November 21, 2018

This is the type of data that shows the power of informed and energetic voting.

According to turnout estimates analyzed by Tufts University’s Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement, under-30 voters supported Evers by a 23-point margin on Nov. 6. That’s a significant expansion from 2014, when under-30 voters supported Democratic candidate Mary Burke by just four points more than Republican Gov. Scott Walker. 

Evers defeated Walker by 1.1 percentage points in an election with record voter turnout: about 59 percent of the state’s voting-age population, or more than 2.6 million people, cast ballots. In its early analysis, CIRCLE estimated that 31 percent of eligible young voters (ages 18-29) voted nationwide. In five states with competitive gubernatorial races combined — Wisconsin included — youth turnout was 35 percent this year, according to the CIRCLE estimates.

One Comment
  1. Howard permalink
    November 21, 2018 4:44 PM

    I cannot understand why that percentage isn’t closer to 98. Even if a person does not like any of the candidates, it is usually clear which one of the possible winners is going to do the most harm to the rest of us. Then, you just vote for the other one.

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