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Tue Nov 15, 2022, 09:33 AM

What disappoints me more than that Dems didn't do better, is the relatively low voter turnout

Some places haven't posted final numbers yet as votes are still being counted, and I haven't researched every state, but I can't help fear for our democracy when barely 50% of registered voters turn out to vote when so many key issues are at stake going forward. And that is not even considering the many who are eligible to vote but don't even bother to register. As a veteran who served with the ideals of freedom of speech and a participatory democracy as a key driver to my enlistment and service, I am very disheartened.

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Reply What disappoints me more than that Dems didn't do better, is the relatively low voter turnout (Original post)
dutch777 Nov 15 OP
LakeArenal Nov 15 #1
Zambero Nov 15 #2
Joinfortmill Nov 15 #3
Bernardo de La Paz Nov 15 #4
imavoter Nov 15 #5
LeftInTX Nov 15 #8
harumph Nov 15 #6
In It to Win It Nov 15 #7
moose65 Nov 15 #9
In It to Win It Nov 15 #12
BlackSkimmer Nov 15 #17
Demsrule86 Nov 15 #15
LeftInTX Nov 15 #10
Demsrule86 Nov 15 #16
panader0 Nov 15 #11
yellowdogintexas Nov 15 #13
LeftInTX Nov 15 #19
Demsrule86 Nov 15 #14
Demsrule86 Nov 15 #18
former9thward Nov 15 #20
Demsrule86 Nov 15 #22
former9thward Nov 15 #26
moose65 Nov 15 #21
Demsrule86 Nov 15 #23
moose65 Nov 15 #25
HAB911 Nov 15 #24

Response to dutch777 (Original post)

Tue Nov 15, 2022, 09:37 AM

1. My county had 90% turnout.

Edit to add: Youth vote up 300%.

Where did your county fail?

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Response to dutch777 (Original post)

Tue Nov 15, 2022, 09:37 AM

2. The media's "both parties are very enthused" hype didn't play out

A few more blue votes per precinct would have made all the difference.

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Response to dutch777 (Original post)

Tue Nov 15, 2022, 09:38 AM

3. The elections were historic.

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Response to dutch777 (Original post)

Tue Nov 15, 2022, 09:40 AM

4. 2022 voter turnout was high, not low


Could always be higher of course, but:

Turnout

Turnout was relatively high by midterm standards. After the blue wave of 2018, it was the second highest since the 1970 U.S. elections. The trend was confirmed by turnout among young voters (18–29), which was the highest after 2018,[22][23] and helped Democrats.[21] According to the Edison Research National Election Pool, the youth vote for the House was 63–35 in favor of Democrats. Pollster Antonio Arellano commented that young voters were the only age group in which more than 50 percent of voters supported Democrats.[160]

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Response to Bernardo de La Paz (Reply #4)

Tue Nov 15, 2022, 09:42 AM

5. not in Texas overall.

People stayed home.
There's enough voters here to change things,
except they stay home.
I don't know what the answer is, but we need
to fix it.

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Response to imavoter (Reply #5)

Tue Nov 15, 2022, 09:50 AM

8. My precinct had 58% turnout. Of course it's a red precinct..grhh...

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Response to dutch777 (Original post)

Tue Nov 15, 2022, 09:46 AM

6. all things considered, it did go well,

but the OP is still correct in the main. You always hear about "young republicans" at colleges - but I don't hear so
much about "young democrats." Turning out the youth vote (nationally and consistently) will be essential going forward.
Money spent toward mentoring youth groups at colleges and universities is a must.

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Response to dutch777 (Original post)

Tue Nov 15, 2022, 09:47 AM

7. Democratic turnout in my state was definitely at an abysmal low

Not that Republicans would have lost anyway, but the races should have been tighter. Our solid high blue cities just didn't turn out for our candidates. I was looking at the numbers for my state, Republicans were hitting their usual numbers in the populated blue counties but Democrats were missing the mark all over.

For example, in counties where the Democrat would usually generate 400,000 votes during midterms, they were getting 300,000 or lower votes instead. However, in counties where Republicans would get around 200,000 votes, they were receiving all of those votes and not much drop in numbers for them.

I'm in Florida. It definitely gave Republicans a landslide victory here. All statewide Democrats performed just about the same across the board.

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Response to In It to Win It (Reply #7)

Tue Nov 15, 2022, 10:25 AM

9. Same thing in NC

We rely on our blue cities, but this time the urban areas had very low turnout. Cumberland County (city of Fayetteville included) did not crack 40%. Even our big "politically active" counties of Wake and Mecklenburg had about 52% turnout or so.

Better turnout in the cities, and we would be looking at Senator Cheri Beasley.

I don't know what the answer is. I don't understand why people don't get out and vote. Blows my mind.

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Response to moose65 (Reply #9)

Tue Nov 15, 2022, 11:22 AM

12. I just can't help but think the only way our candidates would have had a fighting chance is if

we also put abortion directly on the ballot to boost turnout among would-be Democratic voters.

I'm just at a loss on how to turn these people into consistent voters. Honestly, I truly believe if Democrats were consistent voters, we could have power in the state but Florida Democrats are just terrible midterm voters.

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Response to moose65 (Reply #9)

Tue Nov 15, 2022, 11:37 AM

17. I agree. AA turnout was down. I'm still aggravated that Obama didn't come here for Beasley.

I think it would have helped a great deal. Puzzling, really.

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Response to In It to Win It (Reply #7)

Tue Nov 15, 2022, 11:35 AM

15. Florida is a red state. I lived in GA and now Ohio...I always vote. But many feel why bother.

You need to begin the rebuilding of the Democratic party at the grassroots level...just like in Ohio and with the gerrymander who can blame Democrats...for districts were turned into GOP-only districts by DeathSantis.

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Response to dutch777 (Original post)

Tue Nov 15, 2022, 10:39 AM

10. Los Angeles County currently has only 31% turnout. There is a race that we're likely to lose: CD 27

Christy Smith (D) versus Mike Garcia (R)
He's at 54% and his margin keeps rising.

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Response to LeftInTX (Reply #10)

Tue Nov 15, 2022, 11:36 AM

16. California and New York were deeply disappointing to me this year...the New York map

cost us seats. And I got to say, Newsome should have stayed home and worked the election.

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Response to dutch777 (Original post)

Tue Nov 15, 2022, 11:12 AM

11. In my state of Arizona, less than 50% of registered voters bothered to vote. Damn!

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Response to dutch777 (Original post)

Tue Nov 15, 2022, 11:28 AM

13. that killed us here in Texas. That and horrendous R ads

The ads they ran against Beto were disgusting - and do not get me started on our county judge race.

They went after our candidate on border, guns, defunding police and included a photo of her which was thisclose to a caricature.

She ran a fabulous campaign on very little money but the R had a war chest and he beat her. The worst of it all is what he wants to do to our elections here.

46% turnout is not going to do it for us, not even with our 5 bright blue metropolitan counties.

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Response to yellowdogintexas (Reply #13)

Tue Nov 15, 2022, 11:40 AM

19. The ads against Rochelle Garza were the worst ever...

They made her sound like a cartel member...

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Response to dutch777 (Original post)

Tue Nov 15, 2022, 11:39 AM

18. There was a large vote for a midterm and we stopped the GOP from their fucking red wave...

It was a success. Honestly, some are never satisfied. What happened this year has only happened three times in history...1934, 2002, and 2022. We should celebrate not gripe.

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Response to Demsrule86 (Reply #18)

Tue Nov 15, 2022, 12:08 PM

20. The House did not change in 1934 or 2002.

In 1934 Democrats expanded their majority and in 2002 Republicans expanded their majority. Not sure why you are including 2022 with those elections.

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Response to former9thward (Reply #20)

Tue Nov 15, 2022, 12:42 PM

22. We did not lose Senate seats, we did not lose legislatures and had New York done their fucking

job, we would have taken the House...California too. In fact, we may gain a Senate seat...If you look at even recent midterms, you see what a miracle this is...the Gop expected to gain seats IE expected a red wave because that is what usually happens. See the chart below. If you look at the chart provided, you will see that is a successful midterm.





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Response to Demsrule86 (Reply #22)

Tue Nov 15, 2022, 02:39 PM

26. Your anger at the voters of NY who got rid of gerrymandering is noted.

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Response to Demsrule86 (Reply #18)

Tue Nov 15, 2022, 12:10 PM

21. Yes, we know that

And I'm happy about it. However, there is room for improvement.

In 2020, turnout in NC was close to 75%. This year it was 52%. That is an appalling drop.

The voters did not turn out uniformly across the entire country. I don't know what can be done about it. If people weren't motivated enough to vote this year, what the actual FUCK could motivate them??

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Response to moose65 (Reply #21)

Tue Nov 15, 2022, 12:45 PM

23. It was a presidential year. You won't get as many voters out...we did wonderfully this time.

What does midterm does prove is the way to the presidency runs through the rustbelt. We may get North Carolina and keep Georgia. Time will tell. We must keep Virginia because, without Ohio, we have no other path. But any candidate must be able to win the midwest which means Biden needs to run. I can think of no other candidate that can do this in 24.

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Response to Demsrule86 (Reply #23)

Tue Nov 15, 2022, 02:03 PM

25. Yes, I know that too

However, a drop from 75% to 52% is horrible. Even if we had gotten it up to 60%, we would likely have Senator Beasley.

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Response to dutch777 (Original post)

Tue Nov 15, 2022, 12:49 PM

24. Florida Democrats did not turn out

In Miami-Dade County, there are 135,229 more registered Democrats than Republicans, but more Republicans showed up: 61% of registered Republicans voted and only 46% of Democrat registered voters.

There are 106,299 more registered Democrats than Republicans in Palm Beach County. 55% of registered Democrats showed up and 66% of Republicans showed up.

The same thing happened in Central and North Florida in several major urban areas. There are 53,156 more registered Democrats than Republicans in Hillsborough County but only 39% of Democrats showed up and 44% of Republicans showed up to vote.

In North Florida’s Duval County, there are 31,173 more registered Democrats than Republicans, but 65% of Republican voters voted compared to 49% of Democrats.

https://www.nbcmiami.com/decision-2022/turnout-was-a-big-problem-for-democrats-in-major-florida-counties/2906393/

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