Midterm Elections 2018
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While midterm elections aren’t usually as hyped up as presidential elections, this year, young people of voting age went out to the polls and exercised their right to vote in record breaking numbers! Historically, young people (18-29 yrs old) have had the worst election turnout in both presidential and midterm elections. So to all the young people who went out to vote this year, stay passionate! Stay active for the change you want to see! The outcome of the 2018 midterm election saw many historical firsts for many positions in government across state lines because people who don’t usually come out to vote, who couldn’t vote, who have passionate views and positions voted with their hearts and their conscience.
If you didn’t get to see the change you were hoping to for, don’t dwell on it! In the words of Newt Scamander, magical zoologist and author of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, “Worrying means you suffer twice.” Just because change didn’t happen overnight doesn’t mean you stop fighting for it. There will always be other chances effect change! 🔥
If you haven’t caught up with the election results in California yet, here’s a quick rundown! We have a new governor, Gavin Newsom (D) and a new lieutenant governor, Eleni Kounalakis (D). They will not take office until early January 2019. Fun fact! Gavin Newsom was the previous lieutenant governor under the previous governor of California! The senior senate seat was up for election this year, and Senator Dianne Feinstein (D) secured a majority vote to keep her senate seat. In the House of Representatives, Democrats secured a majority of the seats (42 seats, 40 majorities, 2 leads) and Republicans won 11 (8 majorities, 3 leads). Incumbent Attorney General Xavier Becerra (D) won with a majority vote over Challenger Steven Bailey (R). From the 40 seats in the California State Senate, 20 seats were up for election, with Democrats winning 13 seats (10 majorities, 3 leads) and Republicans winning 7 seats (4 majorities and 3 leads). In the state assembly, 80 seats were up for grabs, with Democrats winning 57 (52 majorities, 5 leads) and Republicans winning 23 (18 majorities, 5 leads). (courtesy of the New York Times California Election Results 2018)
That’s it for the California midterm elections! If you’re curious and want to know more about the specific candidates, races, propositions, and legislations, read up on it! It won’t hurt to stay knowledgeable on policy and the people who are responsible for it!