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2018 Midterms Recap

by Grant Holcomb and Faith Wilson

After a hotly contested election cycle, democrats retake the House of Representatives and republicans hold on to the Senate.

In Oklahoma, the Republicans swept the executive branch as Tulsa businessman Kevin Stitt won the governor’s race, ORU alumnus Matt Pinnell was elected lieutenant governor and Mike Hunter will be the new attorney general.

The Republican Party also maintained both the State House and the State Senate. Many statewide pundits predicted the GOP sweep as Oklahoma is still regarded as a deep red state.

Of the five state questions on the ballot, only one of them passed. State Question 794, also known as Marsy’s Law, was overwhelmingly approved with 78 percent of the vote. Additionally, 16 current or former educators won seats in the House or Senate.

Nov. 6 marked many records for the U.S. midterm elections. Voter turnout skyrocketed compared to past years. More than 100 million ballots were cast, with more than 47 percent turnout from eligible voters.

While 18 to 29 year olds typically make up the lowest percentage of voters, this election cycle young voters made up 13 percent of ballots, according to TargetSmart.

Celebrities and interest groups targeted young people and advertised heavily, urging people to vote, including Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande and the Parkland survivors.