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Midterms Turnout Estimated to Be Highest in 52 Years

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Georgia Gov.-elect Brian Kemp celebrates winning the vote Tuesday night. (John Bazemore/AP)

By    |   Thursday, 08 November 2018 09:36 PM

More than 114 million Americans, nearly half of the population of eligible voters, are believed to have voted in the midterm elections — a 52-year high.

According to preliminary data by the United States Elections Project, 114,178,000 Americans are estimated to have cast a vote. That amounts to a voter turnout of 48.4 percent.

NBC News reported the turnout figure would be the highest since 1966, which saw 48.7 percent of eligible voters fill out a ballot.

Not every vote has been counted from this week's midterms, however. There are several House races and a handful of Senate and governor races that have yet to be decided as votes continue to be counted.

University of Florida associate professor Michael McDonald spearheads the U.S. Elections Project and has been updating the numbers Thursday evening, so the abovementioned totals will likely change as votes come in.

The Democrats were able to regain control of the House, but Republicans padded their majority in the Senate chamber.

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With a voter turnout of 48.4 percent, according to preliminary data by the United States Elections Project, 114,178,000 Americans are estimated to have cast a vote, the most in 52 years.
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