Jun 11, 2018

Wave watch: Millennials, Hispanic voters aren't excited about midterms

Democrats hope one way to take back the House is by appealing to millennials and Latinx voters. Photo: LUIS ACOSTA/AFP/Getty Images

Only 30% of voters under 35 and 43% of Hispanic voters have a high interest in the 2018 midterm elections, according to a recent NBC/WSJ poll.

Why it matters: Democrats could take back the House with the help of these core constituencies, especially with a renewed focus on immigration policy and gun violence. But the numbers are lower than in 2006, the last time Democrats had a wave election.

Be smart, from Cook Political Report's Dave Wasserman: These numbers reflect a trend we've seen in recent elections, where Democrats' "blue wave" is stronger in places (typically suburban areas) with a higher population of women college graduates, but less threatening to Republicans in districts with higher Latino or youth population.

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House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.), the highest-ranking black member of Congress, endorsed former Vice President Joe Biden Wednesday, days before South Carolina's primary.

Why it matters: Clyburn wields tremendous political influence in South Carolina, where a weak showing by Biden could be the death blow to his presidential campaign. Biden has long viewed the state as his firewall due to his strong support among black voters, who make up about 60% of South Carolina's Democratic electorate.