Young US voters key to Democrats victory in midterms

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Gillum Rallies Young Voters In Homestead As Part Of Bring It Home Bus Tour - Nov. 1, 2018 USASupporters of Democratic Candidate for Florida Governor Mayor Andrew Gillum cheer during early voting events throughout South Florida as part of the ‘Bring It Home’ Bus Tour in Miami, Florida, on November 1, 2018. (Photo by Michele Eve Sandberg / AFP)

Young voters could make a big difference. They’re expected to vote in record numbers in Tuesday’s midterm elections and could lift opposition Democratic Party candidates to victory in some tight races. CGTN’s Karina Huber reports.

Taylor Swift is best known for creating hit pop songs like, “Shake It Off” that chronicle her personal life but she is getting political for the first time in her career.

On October 7, she wrote on Instagram “In the past I’ve been reluctant to publicly voice my political opinions but due to several events in my life and in the world in the past two years, I feel very differently about that now.”

That post was followed by several others endorsing Democratic candidates in her home state of Tennessee.

Since the election of Donald Trump, young people of all backgrounds seem to have become more political.

A new poll by Harvard found 40 percent of Americans aged 18 to 29 plan on voting in the midterms. That would be the highest youth voter turnout for a midterm election in more than 30 years and that bodes well for the Democrats.

According to Harvard’s survey, 66 percent of those planning to vote lean liberal. That’s more than double the amount who support Republicans.

Young people say they want more checks and balances in Washington. That can only be achieved if Congress and the White House are not dominated by one party as it is today. Democrats are counting on the youth vote but the question is if young people will actually come out and vote.