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Gen Z stems ‘red tide’ as midterm elections wind down

Unless you live under a rock, you’ve probably seen countless voting infographics and photos of people with their “I voted” stickers flooding your Instagram feeds recently after last Tuesday’s midterm elections. .

In addition to the wave of darkness that emerged from DST, we all expected another type of wave to emerge this week – known as the “Red Wave”. Historically, the party in Powerful in terms of the presidency, it is not the party that ends up gaining control of the House of Representatives or the Senate. If we have a Republican president, the House and Senate are usually reversed midterm by the Democrats, and vice versa.

But this year’s elections proved otherwise. You wish you had popped out your popcorn for this midterm election — we didn’t see that all-but-guaranteed “red wave” despite strong confidence from Fox News and Republicans nationwide. But we’ve seen a lot of firsts and a lot of Democrats hot on the heels of their Republican opposition.

There is an anxious wait to see who will win the Senate seat as Georgia enters the runoff election between incumbent Georgia Senator Raphael Warnock, a Democrat, and Republican nominee Herschel Walker. Yes, it’s Christian Walker’s dadand yes, I’m very stressed about a qualified candidate having a runoff with a former soccer player.

Another blow for Republicans was in the swing state of Pennsylvania, where Pennsylvania Lt. Governor and Democratic nominee John Fetterman beat Republican nominee and former cardiothoracic surgeon/talk show host Mehmet Oz in the race for the senator. Not only was Oz backed by former President Donald J. Trump, but Trump also lost Pennsylvania to current President Joseph R. Biden Jr. in the 2020 presidential election. election. Double ouch for Republicans.

There were highly qualified firsts that will bring national pride and excitement for me and all other Democrats. summer lee was Pennsylvania’s first black woman elected to Congress. Wes Moore was elected Maryland’s first black governor, while Maura Healey and Tina Kotek were elected governor of Massachusetts and governor of Oregon, respectively, making them the first openly lesbian governors in the history of the United States.

Our neighbor and friend state of New York has re-elected its first female governor, Kathy Hochul. And I couldn’t leave out ours first Gen Z rep Maxwell Frost, 25, who became the first Gen Z rep after winning District 10 in Florida.

Many young people, including Gen Z, made key wins like Fetterman’s easier for Democrats, proving the influence of our generation on the evolution of elections. We have also seen the second highest youth turnout in a midterm election in nearly 30 years.

The civil commitment of this generation is quite deep. Our access to social media enabled great influence on the elections and helped raise awareness of voting sites, voting days, where to vote, when to register, etc.

Our platforms have allowed politicians to target their content at us and help engage and educate us as young and new voters. Our involvement in politics also stems from what we have experienced as students that other generations have not experienced.

We live daily with gun violence and the fear of mass shootings. We are young people experiencing the reversal of our basic human rights like access to safe abortions, and we are witnessing the deterioration of the health of our planet due to climate change.

As students, we see firsthand the financial burden of student loans and how much student loan forgiveness will allow us to put in place financially for the future. Electing candidates who fight for our human rights, our climate rights and our financial security is important to us and to our future.

This midterm election has proven that we are the future, and it is up to us to save this country, our rights and our planet. Our votes count and every vote counts. Our vote can mean the difference between a qualified candidate elected to Congress or a retired football player and a retired cardiothoracic doctor with a talk show elected to Congress.

Even if there was a failed projected “red wave” and the Democrats come in strong and could make a comeback (fingers crossed), it’s not a complete victory for the Democrats or a loss for the Republicans. This is exactly what happens when we show up and vote. The overwhelming number of Gen Z votes shows that every vote counts. Without a vote, the projection of the “red wave” could have been a reality.