The surprising outcome of the 2020 presidential election may be,
OK, Boomer. It’s time to pass the torch of leadership to a new generation.
The younger generations dwarf the boomers in terms of sheer numbers but they have a habit of not voting. They may be changing, however, as it did in the 2018 midterm.
If the CNN chart holds and plays out, the 2020 presidential election is going to be nothing less than stunning. The pollsters are going to be way off the mark once again.
The national polls were pretty much spot on in 2016 with Clinton taking around 2-3 percent of the national vote. Their models blew it by underestimating the state-level turnout rates of certain voting groups. They hadn’t modeled such a rush of first-time voters coming out of Appalachia, for example.
79 Percent Increase In 18-29-Year-Olds In 2018 Midterm
Look at the charts that follow, which show younger voters, such as the 18-29-year-old cohort group increasing their turnout by 79 percent in 2018 versus the 2014 midterm, which, no doubt, helped contribute to the Blue Wave and the Democrats taking back the House in a big way.
The 2016 election was also the first election where the younger generations eclipsed the number of boomer voters.
If the CNN chart is even close to reality in November, there is going to be another huge surprise on the first Tuesday night in November.
America’s Two Roads Diverged
It doesn’t take a Ph.D. in political science to figure out which way it will break. We believe it’s pretty safe to say the governing class in Washington will have a lot less old white males at the same time next year.
Even The Russians Are Concerned
The last time the U.S. had a 70 percent voter turnout rate in a presidential election was in 1900 when William McKinley beat William Jennings Bryan by 51.6 to 45.5 percent in the popular vote and 292-155 in the electoral college.
The Russian military, who
interfered attacked the 2016 presidential election appears concerned about a large turnout and is gearing up.
The federal government warned state election officials Thursday it suspects Russia my focus on voter suppression as a means to interfere in the 2020 presidential election.
The joint FBI and Department of Homeland Security document, obtained by CNN and marked For Official Use Only, is titled “Russia May Try to Discourage Voter Turnout and Suppressing Votes in 2020 US Election.”
It warns of three potential ways the Russian government “might seek to covertly discourage or suppress US voters from participating in next year’s election.”
Russia may try to recruit Americans to protests and intimidate voters, sow discord online within political parties and try to hack voter registration sites or knock them offline, the report warns. – CNN, Oct 2019