Thanks to high voter turnout, Democrats raked in an unprecedented number of votes during the midterm elections, coming in just under the number of votes President Donald Trump received during the 2016 presidential election, according to The Independent.
> Democratic candidates are forecast to receive more than 60.5 million votes in total for the house once the final ballots have been counted.
> If accurate, the figure would be the closest an opposition party has come in a midterm election to matching the president’s backing two years earlier.
> Donald Trump received just shy of 63 million votes in 2016, as he lost the popular vote but achieved a comfortable victory under the electoral college system.
> House Democrats are currently on course to hit around 96 per cent of Mr Trump’s vote share from two years prior, beating the record 92 per cent of Richard Nixon’s share from 1968 seen in the subsequent midterms.
Whether or not Democratic wins constituted a “blue wave” was the subject of much debate following Election Day, but FiveThirtyEight’s Nate Silver noted that 60 million votes during midterm elections — when voter turnout is generally lower — is “crazy”.
“About 60 million people turned out to vote for Democrats for the House this year. That is a **crazy** number. (Republicans got 45m votes in the 2010 wave.)”
> Polarisation of views on Mr Trump’s performance during his first two years in office, coupled with divisive debates in the lead-up to polling day on immigration, healthcare and taxes are thought to have spurred the highest turnout percentage in a midterm since 1914.