Midterm elections update


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With weeks on end of seeing commercials, advertisements and signs on the side of the road, the 2018 U.S. midterm elections have come to an end. One-third of senators and all of the seats of the House of Representatives were up for re-election, resulting in a majority of the Senate going to the Republican Party and the House majority going to the Democrats.

According to the New York Times, Mike Braun, the senate candidate who ran for the Republican Party, won over Indiana with 1,079,977 votes, 52.2 percent of all votes. Joe Donnelly, the candidate for the Democratic Party, came in second with 926,836 votes, or 44.1 percent of votes.

In the House of Representatives, Indiana has 9 seats with 2 Democratic members and 7 Republican members. The seats are currently held by Visclosky, Walorski, Banks, Baird, Brooks, Pence, Carson, Bucshon and Hollingsworth. Visclosky and Carson are the two democrats now in the House of Representatives.

With over 2000 students at SHS, there are many with different ideas and opinions. Some students are satisfied with the results, while others are completely opposed to the politicians voted in and some simply do not have an opinion.

Junior Taylor Jackson, identifying with the Republican Party, has strong opinions about politics.

“I’m really happy,” Jackson said. “This is really beneficial for our country since there are a lot more Republicans now.”

Jackson finds that with a large number of Republicans in the senate, the U.S. will see a lot more improvements in all aspects.

On the other hand, junior Carter Smith does not necessarily have much of an opinion on this topic as he cannot vote yet.

“I can’t vote, so I can’t change anything,” Smith said.

He still believes that it is important for people who are eligible to vote, as it impacts the country immensely.

This election has also been the first one that some SHS students could participate in since a number of seniors are 18.

“I voted and that counts, but it is what it is,” senior Maria Guia said. “I’m neutral for both sides, but all that matters is that I was able to participate.”

Guia was satisfied with whoever won the election. She believes that whoever won is who the citizens of Indiana feel will better the state and country.