Young Democratic candidates for House of Representatives positions are aiming to bring in more voters among their fellow millennials, as at least 20 millennial Democratic candidates are running in battleground districts, Politico reported.
"I don’t recall a cycle with anything close to this number of young candidates in recent times… notably, younger candidates who actually have a good shot at winning —raising money, running professional campaigns,"said Democratic consultant Ian Russell, Politico reported.
The average age of members of the current 115th Congress is nearly 58 in the House and nearly 62 in the Senate. The youngest member of Congress, Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., will turn 34 in July, Politico noted.
"Right now, the instinct is to look for the antithesis of (President) Donald Trump, and so Democratic primary voters are defaulting toward women, younger rather than older. And those young candidates are more difficult targets because they don’t have decades’ worth of opposition research racked up," said Democratic consultant Zac McCrary, the Politico report said.
Mike DeVanney, a Republican consultant, agrees. "With youth, the advantage is not being a part of the traditional political system. All of this points to unease that the current political officeholders are not getting the job done, and voters are looking for someone different who’s not part of the system and can bring new ideas to the table," DeVanney said, Politico reported.
Years of experience in politics are no longer essential, said congressional candidate Colin Allred, age 35. "There’s much more to getting people inspired and elected than the number of years you’ve been in a certain job,"said Allred, Politico reported.
One roadblock for millennial candidates is social media, said Corry Bliss, executive director of the GOP super PAC Congressional Leadership Fund. "If I was a millennial, I’d delete everything I said and did online… you can be 30 and be a good, qualified candidates — but it just depends on what you did during those 30 years," Bliss said, Politico reported.
Republicans are polling slightly ahead of Democrats in a generic congressional ballot, a Reuters poll reported May 22.
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