There are three-and-a-half weeks until the US elections that will help define the rest of Donald Trump’s presidency.The mid-term elections will see people vote for members of both chambers of Congress, as well as for governors in 36 out of 50 states. Between now and then, we’ll bring you updates and all the best analysis…
There are three-and-a-half weeks until the US elections that will help define the rest of Donald Trump’s presidency.
The mid-term elections will see people vote for members of both chambers of Congress, as well as for governors in 36 out of 50 states.
Between now and then, we’ll bring you updates and all the best analysis every weekday in this round-up.
Today’s round-up looks at the role young people have to play this year, and includes one seriously catchy song.
One big number
There were two reports yesterday that Republican campaigns have just been handed a major new donation from Sheldon and Miriam Adelson, the Las Vegas casino giants.
The money was reportedly given to two Republican “super PACs” with the aim of maintaining Republican hold on Congress in particular.
The $100m sum was, the Times said, “a staggering sum for one family to give in any election year but especially one without a presidential race”.
The Adelsons and the Trumps, both at one point among the biggest names in the casino world, have some history too: the Adelsons were among the most generous donors to his presidential campaign, and gave a hefty cheque for the costs of his inauguration in January last year.
a majority of people (62%) aged 22 to 38 say they are looking forward to the vote, according to Pew Research Center
that’s a big leap on 2014 (46%) and 2010 (when it was only 39%)
turnout in special and primary elections this year has been bumped, thanks partly to more young people being involved
But on the other hand, engagement doesn’t always mean young people turn out to vote on mid-terms day – that might be the case this year as well, even with incentives that are on offer, as Hugo explains.
Country music’s elder statesman Willie Nelson has popped up in the race for senator in Texas this year – not as a candidate, although that would have been entertaining, but as a supporter of Democratic nominee Beto O’Rourke.
Nelson has performed a new number in rallies this year, called Vote ‘Em Out (“The biggest gun we got / Is called the ballot box / If you don’t like who’s in there, vote ’em out.”) And now, he’s released a recorded version of the song.
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