All over the United States, voters turned out Tuesday, November 6th for the 2018 midterm elections.
While the results are still trickling in, it has already become clear that this election was one for the history books in terms of candidate diversity. Additionally, voter turnout rates among young people (defined as 18- to 29-year-olds) were projected to be record-shattering.
Now the polls have closed, many of the results have been projected, and social media is ablaze with early thoughts and reactions coming from either side of the political aisle.
Much of the attention went to rising-star Senate candidate Beto O'Rourke and his loss to incumbent Texas Senator Ted Cruz:
This was my first time voting and BETO lost... pic.twitter.com/d0XWAVBWJm— Na’Taijah🖤 (@simpsonnataijah) November 7, 2018
OMGGGGGG OMGGGGG!!!!!— Katie Thulin (@katiet121) November 7, 2018
YES YES YES YES YES!!!!!!! @tedcruz WINS TEXAS!!! If I never have to feel like that again that would be great. Congrats Texas TED!!!!!
y’all really voted for the damn zodiac killer over Beto? really Texas? REALLY? pic.twitter.com/5WA4B7FUi9— catherine 🌙 (@cathgiselle) November 7, 2018
And the Florida gubernatorial race between Republican Ron DeSantis and Democratic challenger Andrew Gillum stirred up some serious online discussion:
Rick Scott and Ron DeSantis are gaining a large lead in Florida.— Ryan Fournier (@RyanAFournier) November 7, 2018
Let’s go Florida! #RedWave
me looking at these election results in florida: pic.twitter.com/7jTbzSL8fZ— corrin (@CorrinPetrucci) November 7, 2018
Several prominent young voters have weighed in, including a few of the survivors of the mass shooting at Parkland High School, in Florida...
Bye @BarbaraComstock :)— Vote November 6th (@davidhogg111) November 7, 2018
... Welp. pic.twitter.com/ScaadQ9qGL— Aalayah Eastmond (@AalayahEastmond) November 7, 2018
I’m so fucking disgusted with this state. how the hell can you possibly see desantis as anything but a pathetic, bigoted, unaccomplished, and incompetent excuse for a human being. Unbelievable. North FL always finds a way to embarrass us.— amit #MSDStrong (@amit_dadon) November 7, 2018
And more than a few celebrities:
Democrats flipped the house w/ historic wins by women + people of color, some slashing decades-long red strongholds. And 1.4 million formerly incarcerated people have regained the right to vote. Despite gerrymandering + suppression. Something powerful has happened. Believe that.— Ava DuVernay (@ava) November 7, 2018
I FUCKING LOVE THIS MAN https://t.co/kPTEQW53v6— Grace Helbig (@gracehelbig) November 7, 2018
Guess I won’t be eating artichokes. Tragic. But not shocking.— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) November 7, 2018
And as expected, there are already plenty of election-inspired memes:
how is Florida voting for the amendments backed by Gillum but not voting for Gillum make it make sense ?????? pic.twitter.com/e0Jlhm8GdG— francheckona 💃🏽 (@francheezit) November 7, 2018
At the end of the night, countless users celebrated the diversification of American politics:
Not 1, but TWO Muslim American congresswomen officially WIN tonight.— Khaled Beydoun (@KhaledBeydoun) November 7, 2018
Congratulations to Rashida Tlaib out of Michigan, and Ilhan Omar out of Minnesota. #HerStory #ElectionNight pic.twitter.com/IRRflZvcK7
This is also the young BROWN woman wave! Lauren Underwood, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib 👏🏽👏🏾👏🏿 #MidtermsElections2018— Dena Takruri (@Dena) November 7, 2018
First openly gay governor. First Native American congresswoman who is also gay. First openly gay congressman in NH. Latrice Royals can vote again. Kim Davis lost. HUGE night for gay people, tbh.— Joel Kim Booster (@ihatejoelkim) November 7, 2018
BRO IM LIVING FOR THE DIVERSITY IN THIS ELECTION https://t.co/GtKKGaQ4fV— mari (@Iasolecita) November 7, 2018