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HOW THE TRUMP ERA IS MOLDING THE NEXT GENERATION OF VOTERS

Recent data — and interviews with a dozen teens on the front lines of politics — show a decided leftward lean.

Emily Badger & Claire Cain Miller | April 1, 2019

Jaden Rams used to be on fire for Donald Trump. Shortly before the 2016 presidential election, when he was 13, he put on a red MAGA hat and matching tie and yelled his support at a rally in his hometown, Grand Junction, Colo.

“I was getting politically charged around that time,” he said. “I was pretty passionate about a lot of the causes he was advocating for.”

Today he calls the presidential campaign and its aftermath “a travesty for American unity.” He believes much of what President Trump has done has been for the worse. Two years closer to voting age, he now leans left, and said he would register as an independent.

These are critical years for the voters of tomorrow. Political science research shows that a generation of voters is shaped for life by what happens during the teenage years and early 20s: whether the country is at war, how the economy is doing, whether the president is popular. Evidence in the Trump era so far shows young people coming of age now are tilting left.

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What Happened Next Tuesday

A New Way to Understand Election Results

A three-part series on MRP & the 2018 Election

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DEMOCRATS CAN AND SHOULD EXPAND THE MAP TO GEORGIA AND ARIZONA IN 2020

While still putting the Midwest first 

Ruy Teixeira & John Halpin | March 1, 2019 

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Trump's alienation of younger voters is a generational gamble for GOP

Ronald Brownstein | December 4, 2018

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A WEEK LATER IT'S CLEAR THE MIDTERMS DID PRODUCE A BLUE WAVE – HERE ARE THE THREE MAIN FACTORS THAT DROVE THE DEMOCRATS' TRIUMPH

John Harwood | November 13, 2018

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The 2018 electorate was older, whiter, and better educated than in 2016

Democrats hit some of their GOTV targets but missed others.

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FOUR WAYS THE MIDTERM RESULTS CHALLENGED CONVENTIONAL WISDOM

THE BIG IDEA: There’s a trivial debate about whether this week’s results constitute a “blue wave.

James Hohmann with Joanie Greve | November 9, 2018

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TO BEAT TRUMP IN 2020, DEMOCRATS MUST BUILD A WALL

Steve Rosenthal | January 21, 2019

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Here’s How Different Groups Really Voted in 2018

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THE DEMOGRAPHIC SURGES THAT SPURRED 2018′S HEAVY TURNOUT

Philip Bump | November 13, 2018

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WHY THE 2018 MIDTERMS MAY HAVE BEEN BLUER THAN YOU THINK

The wave looks like it was real, even in places where the candidates didn’t win.

Andrew Gelman | November 12, 2018

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33 MILLION AMERICANS HAVE VOTED IN THE MIDTERMS, WITH A SURGE OF YOUNGER VOTERS

Aaron Kessler & Annie Grayer | November 6, 2018

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THE EARLY VOTE SUGGESTS MINORITY TURNOUT WILL BE HIGH IN 2018, BUT SO WILL TURNOUT AMONG WHITES

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