Votes were cast in the midterm election on Nov. 6 and the results are in.
The Republicans have been projected to keep control of the Senate while the Democrats will take control of the House of Representatives, CBS News projected on Nov. 7.
There were a lot of close races across the U.S. In N.J., we had the highly-contested race for Senate between the two Bobs — Sen. Bob Menendez and Bob Hugin. Ultimately, Menendez won and was re-elected.
No matter what your political affiliations are, it was a great thing to see a high voter turnout. In the past, midterm elections have had low voter turnout.
Seeing people exercise their civic duty and vote for who they believe can make a difference is a remarkable thing to see and should be celebrated.
In N.J. alone, nearly 2.8 million people voted in the 2018 Senate race this week, reported Time on Nov. 7. This number is up from the less than 2 million New Jerseyans that cast ballots in 2014 for Senate, Time said.
Time cited New York Times estimates that said approximately 114 million votes were cast in House races this year, while only 83 million did the same in 2014. These are historic turnouts for a midterm election.
Voting is an important right and freedom that we as Americans have. Seeing millions of people show up to the polls, even when there were reports of long lines and broken voting machines, according to The Washington Post, showed just how much this year’s race means to Americans.
If the person you voted for or hoped would win the election didn’t, it’s not the end. You can still voice your concerns to your U.S. representatives and continue to do your civic duty.
Americans have free speech and can continue to exercise that right and their right to vote, if they choose to do so. If you didn’t vote in the midterms, think about voting in the next election to have your voice heard.
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