Americans Turned Out to Vote in the Midterms at a Level Not Seen in More Than a Century

Voter turnout really was as high as predicted in last week's midterms.

According to the U.S. Elections Project, 49.2% of the eligible voting population--just shy of 116 million people--voted on Nov. 6, the highest recorded rate for a midterm election since 1914.

On average, 40% of eligible voters actually vote in non-presidential elections. That number was even lower in 2014, when just 36.4% voted--the lowest in 70 years.

Democrats perhaps unsurprisingly outpaced Republicans in terms of...

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