Because of their immense reach and potential to reach a broad range of young people, social media played a crucial role in the 2018 midterm elections cycle.
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Across several highly competitive statewide elections, Democratic candidates performed better in counties with a high proportion of young people—especially youth of color.
Our day-after estimate found that 31% of young people cast ballots in the 2018 midterms, overwhelmingly for Democratic candidates
In 2014 and 2016, the youth vote choice captured by exit polls diverged slightly from subsequent survey findings.