Midterm election 2018: Twitter reacts to Democrats taking the House

And Republicans keeping control of the Senate.

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


In 2018, elections are something of a tech story, thanks to the impact of social media and the potential, terrifying effects of hackers

Here's how Twitter reacted to the 2018 midterms.

In the lead up, the "Voting in 2016 vs. voting in 2018" meme got a lot of traction. 

Ah yes, the world we inhabit has changed much in the last two years, regardless of which way you swing. 

Later people got really excited about having voted, tweeting selfies with the "I voted" sticker. Elon Musk stuck his on his forehead.

Of course, the internet had a field day with that one. The Photoshops keep on coming...

Also, before we move along, please read the absolutely best midterm elections thread, hands down. It starts with this tweet. I promise you it's worth it.

Moving on.

The drive to get more people to the polls this time around has been a huge story, and a huge part of Twitter. In the early going, there was a broad, general joy at taking part in the democratic process. This is a good thing.

And yes Andrew W.K. I agree. 

Now that the dust in beginning to settle, it looks like Republicans will retain control of the Senate.

Ted Cruz has narrowly been re-elected in an intensely close race with Democrat Beto O'Rourke. That was a major talking point online. If you've spent any time on Twitter, you're probably aware: Twitter and Cruz don't really get along.

But perhaps the biggest news of the night: The Democrats are taking control of the House of Representatives. 

According to a number of polls, Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation to the Supreme Court was front and center in 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 strong voter turnout, which is a good thing regardless of who you voted for.

Also a lot of women are heading to the House. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a Democrat of New York, just became the youngest woman ever elected to Congress at the age of 29.

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.

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

Donald Trump broke a rare eight-hour silence on Twitter to call the night a "success."

Some beg to differ.

Regardless of where you fall on the political spectrum, we can all celebrate Guy Fieri being rightfully re-elected Mayor of Flavortown.

Nothing but respect for my Flavortown president.

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