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Voter Enthusiasm in Both Parties Spike in Midterms

Voter Enthusiasm in Both Parties Spike in Midterms
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By    |   Thursday, 28 June 2018 08:47 AM

Republican and Democrat voters are both turning out in higher numbers than in the two previous midterm elections, The Hill reported.

Almost 13.8 million have voted in Democratic primaries in 2018 - 5 million more than the 8.7 million that voted in the 2014 midterm elections, The Hill found in an analysis of results in 30 states that have held primaries so far.

On the Republican side, 12.3 million Republicans have voted in GOP primaries, 2 million more than the 10.3 million that voted in 2014 midterms, the analysis said.

Experts on both sides say that 2018 numbers show an increase in enthusiasm from Democrats.

"Democrats are clearly energized, and enjoying a larger enthusiasm gap than they've enjoyed since 2006," said Tom Bonier, a Democratic microtargeting expert, according to The Hill. 

"That said, there's no evidence that Republicans are demoralized. They simply aren't seeing a surge in engagement as significant as the Democratic intensity," said Bonier.

In the 30 states, Democrats improved their relative performance against the GOP in 20 states, while improving their margins in pro-GOP states such as Georgia and Kentucky, The Hill reported.

However, turnout for midterm elections has been in decline. Only 35.9 percent of those eligible to vote turned out in the 2014 midterms, the lowest rate of any midterm year since 1942.

The Hill's report noted that turnout for midterms has not gone higher than 45 percent since 1970, and the last time more than half of eligible voters turned out for midterms was 1914—before women could vote.

Voters in both parties are more enthusiastic about voting. According to a Pew Research Center poll, 55 percent of Democrats were more enthusiastic about voting than usual, while 50 percent of Republicans said their enthusiasm was higher for the midterms.

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