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Early voting shows a staggering surge - and it may determine the midterm election
Early voting shows an impressive surge in voting among the younger demographic - but it's because they generally don't vote in large numbers historically. (RINGO CHIU/AFP/Getty Images)

Early voting shows a staggering surge - and it may determine the midterm election

Several sources are showing a staggering surge in early voting that could determine how the midterm elections will likely swing.

Here's what they showed

According to the Hill, seventeen states are showing such an enormous surge in early voting that the votes already cast surpass the number of total votes in the last midterm election.

These include the pivotal states of Florida, Minnesota, Nevada, Texas, Virginia and Wisconsin.

And what is more telling is that many of the surge is coming from younger voters.

In Texas, there are nearly five times as many votes from those under 30 years old as compared to the 2014 election.

In Nevada, the figure is similar - five times as many votes from young people as in the previous midterm election.

However, relative to total vote counts, those are small numbers.

Indeed, the reason that 332,000 votes in Texas and 25,000 votes in Nevada can be historic is that young voters generally vote in very low numbers to believe in.

“The youth vote is higher than 2014 so far, but so few young people have voted at this point it is not hard to double the numbers,” said University of Florida political scientist Michael McDonald. “Young people tend to vote in larger numbers during the week prior to the election, and we're seeing some evidence that young people are indeed starting to turn out.”

In Georgia, early voting between 18 and 29 years of age has jumped by a shocking 369 percent - but that demographic only represents only 8 percent of the total voting electorate.

If the youth does show up in droves, it likely means a good showing for Democrats - the younger demographic is much more liberal than older demographics.

On the other hand, it will take much less of a surge by percentage among Republicans to overcome the smaller demographic of young voters.

Here's a news report on early voting:

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