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Midterm election 2018: the memes are winning our vote – CNET

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As for many big events, Twitter launched a dedicated page for the 2018 midterms.

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In 2018, elections are something of a tech story, thanks to the impact of social media and the potential, terrifying effects of hackers getting involved. But on Twitter right now, reactions to the US midterm elections, which many are framing as a referendum on President Donald Trump's first years in office, are largely being expressed in memes.

Since Wednesday, the meme about voting in 2016 vs. voting in 2018 seems to be getting the most traction. 

Ah yes, the world we inhabit has changed much in the last two years, regardless of which way you swing. We're all different people compared with the ones who voted in 2016.

People are also getting really excited about having voted. Everyone is tweeting selfies with the "I voted" sticker. Elon Musk, for example, stuck his on his forehead:

And of course the internet is having a field day with that one as we speak. The photoshops keep on coming...

The drive to bring more people to the polls this time around has been a huge story, and a huge part of Twitter. As time passes and the results become more clear, that vibe might change. But for now there's seems to be something of a broad joy at taking part in the democratic process. This is a good thing.

And yes Andrew W.K. I agree. 

At this stage it looks like Republicans will retain control of the Senate.

But many are already calling the House of Representatives for the Democrats. 

Ted Cruz looks to have narrowly been re-elected in an intensely close race with Democrat Beto O'Rourke. That was a major talking point online and an important one. Cruz's victory could likely secure control of the Senate for the Republicans.

A number of polls have been released, putting a temperature gauge to the mood of the nation. Brett Kavanaugh being confirmed to the Supreme Court was apparently front and center of many voters' minds.

And many believe the country is currently on the wrong track.

One stat I found interesting: early numbers seem to suggest a very, very strong voter turnout, which is a good thing regardless of who you voted for.

Also a lot of women are being nominated to the House. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez just became the youngest woman ever elected to Congress.

There were a number of firsts this time round. Sharice Davids because the first Native American woman elected to Congress and the first openly LGBTQ Congress member from Kansas.

Jared Polis became the first openly gay man to be elected as a governor of a US state (Colorado).

Stay tuned for more updates.

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