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Leon County youth voice their opinion on midterm elections

Leon County youth voice their opinion on midterm elections
Leon County youth voice their opinion on midterm elections
Posted at 4:37 PM, Nov 07, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-07 13:49:12-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) –  Youth in Florida and around the nation came out in record numbers to vote in Tuesday's midterm election. As the final votes were tallied and the winners were announced there were mixed feelings from both sides of the aisle.

Josh Hansen, president of the FSU College Democrats said his organization did everything they could to rally voters heading into the election, from knocking on doors to setting up recruiting tables.

Many were disappointed particularly in the Governor's race, but they are still hopeful about the increased voter turnout.

"I've seen a lot more people a lot more young people being energized and ready to vote," said Hansen. "I know my friends have gotten out to vote in the midterm election where I dont think they would have if we weren't out there pushing our efforts and Trump wasn't in the White House."

Students on the executive board of the FSU College Republicans said "We were very excited that Republicans were victorious in every statewide race yesterday, but some students are disappointed in the results of the Florida Gubernatorial race."

FAMU student Tamis Wiley said "The fact that it was by one percent is what's really shocking. There was so many people who could have voted and just chose not to vote because they didn't think it counted, its like if you voted, he could have won."

No matter whether you are red or blue or any color in between many people WTXL spoke to are looking hopeful toward the future.

"Hopefully DeSantis isn't too bad and he makes good changes," said FAMU student Daniel Shawke.

Early and absentee voting among youth aged 18 to 29 increased dramatically in Florida and around the nation for this election with about 220,000 more youth casting their vote compared to the 2014 midterm races.