The Midterm Elections Results from a Grace Church School Perspective

The Midterm Elections this November provided for both controversy and conversation due to the groundbreaking results. Democrats were able to gain control of the House of Representatives, after having been dominated by Republicans for the previous two years. However, Republicans gained two seats in the Senate, retaining its Republican control. The election also broke numerous records, including the number of women elected to Congress, the youngest woman ever elected to Congress, Elise Stefanik, the first Native American woman elected to Congress, Sharice Davids, the first Muslim woman elected to Congress, Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar, the first openly bisexual the United States Senator, Kyrsten Sinema, and Colorado’s first openly gay Governor, Jim McGreevey.
The number of voters also displayed major growth. It is stated that over 40 million Americans are expected to have voted between absentee in the 2018 midterm elections when all ballots are counted, a stunning 32% increase over the 27.2 million who voted in 2014. Additionally, the increased voter turnout amongst those under the age of 30 created for heavy discussion amongst the Grace Church School student body. Students continue to discuss the shocking (or not so shocking) results of the Midterm Elections, and what they may mean throughout the duration of the Trump presidency. It is important to state that while general opinions on the Elections did not vary greatly, students still had unique beliefs on specific aspects of the results.

“Overall I was extremely proud of the election. I feel that this election was crucial and it was very important for the American public to come out strong. The almost ten percent increase in voter turnout was really great and has restored my faith in the America population as a whole.”

– Will Simotas ‘19

“I’m glad that the current political climate is encouraging people to vote. I feel like I saw more young people at the poles than I normally do, but all the conversation that I hear on social media still seems like people don’t know how to change the current situation.”

-Ms. Tashman, Math

“The midterm elections were a stepping stone. We had so many firsts, like a record number of women, Muslim women, a Native American woman, a Hispanic woman in a red state, and many others!  There is still lots of room to grow, but we must take pride in the firsts because without the firsts there can be no seconds or thirds, and without a beginning, there is no progress.”

-Tess DiMenna ‘20

“As per usual in the US political field, the Congress has become reactionary. The majority of voters now want more than ever dislike the President. I think that this shows through the midterm elections. It was incredible see Texas, Florida, and other solidly red states go purple or even blue. I think that the elections run by the DNC were well run.”

– Michael Abrahams ‘19

“I think that results this election were pretty uplifting and also a little surprising because there was a lot of history made. For example, the first openly gay man was elected governor.”

-Sasha Qvist ‘20

“The elections were kind of a surprise to me. A lot more people voted and the results really showed. The diversity and changes in the different positions are really eye-opening and it shows that the voters can really have an impact.”

– Malcolm Gibson ‘19

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“Overall, I am happy that more people came out to vote and that there is a response to what has been happening politically in our country, however, it is still horrifying to me that people in this country, specifically young people (as I have talked to many), do not care enough to take a stand for what they believe in. On a positive note, I am so incredibly happy that there are more women and minority groups that can now be represented in the Senate and House of Representatives, and I believe more political leaders who have proven to be discriminatory and truly against the values of our country should be voted out in place for new, younger faces.”

-Olivia Berger ‘22

“The election made me SO happy; it shows that our country has finally come together and proved that we are better than the people who are representing us. It shows unity and nearly a full acceptance to all due to the different and diverse women who were elected into the position.” -Glynis Reede ‘19

“The most recent election we had, like pretty much every other election in the recent past, is in no way reflective of the popular opinion. Election policies continue to be modified to undeniably disenfranchise the people, and prevent true popular representation from ever happening.”

– Albert Kyi ‘19

“I don’t really pay much attention to politics, but I heard that there were a record amount of women elected and that’s amazing. “

-Cameron Macdonald ‘20

“The results of the election show promise for change for the better in our country, as I believe the congressional majority has changed regarding political parties.”

-Dominique Edwards ‘20

“The election results cannot justify a blue wave because There was not enough of a shift in the senate or house.”

-Quincy Cabot, ‘19

“I think this election was what a lot of people needed to keep the faith in a more united society. I think it was especially amazing how many “firsts” we had in this election. I’m also really glad how the current political climate is encouraging so many people (particularly the youth) to vote and stand up for their beliefs.”

-Katy Willson ‘19

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