Women, young people and city voters all helped Democrats do better than expected.
Many Latinos and older people backed the GOP in Florida, pushing the state more conservative.
People who support abortion rights leaned Democratic on Election Day.
The anticipated “red wave” barely registered as a ripple in Tuesday’s midterm elections, with Democrats defying dismal projections and perhaps underscoring President Joe Biden’s characterization of the day as a battle for democracy and preservation of abortion rights despite voters’ ongoing economic pains.
“While the press and pundits predicted a giant red wave, it didn’t happen,” Biden said at a press conference Wednesday afternoon.
The president singled out young voters, who are believed to have turned out in record numbers for Tuesday’s results, including in Florida, where 25-year-old progressive activist Maxwell Frost became the first member of Gen Z elected to Congress.And while it remains unclear whether Republicans or Democrats will have control of Congress in January, other analysts credited additional demographic forces and trends — namely women and suburban voters — for influencing Democrats’ strong showings in swing states such as Pennsylvania, Michigan and Georgia.In Pennsylvania, Democrat John Fetterman bested Republican Mehmet Oz for the seat held by retiring GOP Sen. Pat […]