2018 Midterm Election

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2018 Midterm Election

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Ashley Ortega, Staff Writer

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After the 2016 elections, many Americans in the United States were waiting to express their political views via the 2018 Midterm elections. Pretty much, a redo for some. 

The elections took place Tuesday, November 6th, 2018. People around the United States traveled to their local polling place to cast their votes to elect Representatives, Senators and many other local elections including Santa Ana Mayor and multiple city council seats.

In the end, the Democrats managed to take the House with an extra 35 seats and 7 undecided seats. The Republicans remained in control of the Senate but there are still three undecided seats.

Locally, Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, won the race for governor of California against Republican John Cox. Miguel Pulido won his twelfth term for Mayor of Santa Ana. For City Council: Roman Reyna, Cecilia Iglesias, and David Penaloza were elected. Valeria Amezcua and John Palacio won for School Board.

As for the propositions, many were passed and numerous were repealed. Prop 7, which conforms California Daylight Savings Time to Federal Law,  was voted with a yes. Out of the 12 Propositions: 1, 2, 4, 7, 11, and 12 were passed.

According to Insidehighered.com, for the first time in U.S history, a midterm election exceeded 100 million voters. This was due to a surge among college-age voters. 31% of young people voted in this election cycle according to The Center of Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement.

More youth are motivated to vote during this time due to all the controversies regarding gun violence, immigration, and the current president.

In order for the United States to change for the better, the youth decided to speak up and fight for their rights by ensuing change using their vote.

Update Dec. 1, 2018: Democrat Gil Cisneros won his seat against Republican Young Kim with 51.6% of the vote. The map shown on the right is now all blue.