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Shut up to the polls. Then in 2014 . John Della Volpe a has a theory why gun violence .
It is a central motivating factor in the awakening of this generation for sure.
Della Volpe pay is the director of polling at Harvard’s Institute of Politics , he says. In surveys he conducted with young people , weeks before the election . Gun control was a top issue .
I don’t mean to say it’s only about school shootings. It’s only about guns but that’s one factor that I think in the open the door for them to consider other issues .
He says the March for our lives movement helped register young voters and kept the gun issue alive throughout 2018 Dyche is a graduate of Marjorie storm in Douglas that’s the parkland Florida high school where 17 people were killed in February. He’s frustrated no major gun laws have passed on a federal level and that so many shootings have taken place since the 1 at his alma mater .
People shouldn’t be dying in America , because they’re going to go to a man and tournament go grocery shopping just be Jewish and now just be black in America , but that is happening because we’ve complacent leadership.
Dyche the chief strategist for March for alive , says the gun control fight doesn’t end with the election.
I think a lot of our work is going to be continued organized. We have to hold this congress accountable .
But gun control wasn’t the top issue in the midterms among voters overall exit polls conducted by the AP and ABC failed it lagged far behind , health care , immigration and the economy Brockton Booker , NPR News , Washington.
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It’s Morning Edition from NPR News. I’m Noel King .
And I’m Steve Inskeep. Our next guest had a better Tuesday than many Republicans while their party was losing the house and numerous governor’s chairs and several state legislatures Republicans gained ground in the Senate , Steven Law of the Senate leadership a Republican super PAC came by before the election , and predicted that things would turn out roughly the way that they did Mr. Locke congratulations to your side . Well , thank you very much . Although you were just saying before we went on the air you actually ended up a little better than you expected in the Senate . You thought you wouldn’t gain ground , the way that you did what changed .
Yeah , that’s right. We thought we’d hold the majority but just narrowly and instead we picked up 2 to 3 seats in a , the first presidential mid term where we lost the House and that would change . At the very end was we made a conscious decision to hold our resources to post Labor Day , we figured that our candidates were going to be outspent , and they were and I think we were able to match those resources and have a pretty level playing field in each of our state so that enabled us to eke out some wins in places that were hard like Indiana Missouri Florida and and we’ll see , but hopefully Arizona .
So part of what you think made the difference. You’d like to think made the difference was the money is spent , what about on the side of the electorate . The people what does it say about the country that Republicans did better in these selected places , even while doing poorly across the country .
Well , sure , I mean I think the electorate fairly polarized in the states where we were competitive were states that that more or less lean Republican. There were the president was popular and and to his credit , his barnstorming helped a number of these Senate races in these strongly red oriented stay states . Compare that to the house where the battlegrounds where if suburban districts more affluent more educated . These are districts that voted for Hillary Clinton in many of these places you saw Republican retirements that then created open seat opportunities for the Democrats to pick up .
You know I think often a remark by Mitch McConnell on this program a couple of years ago. He said the Republican Party is at an all time high and people got fired because they said . Your party is in chaos . It’s a nightmare you’ve got . Donald Trump : well of course the party was at a very high point in terms of officers held in then they got the presidency , but is it fair to say . Republicans are now coming down from that all-time high .
Well , I I think I think you know that the first presidential mid term is usually a correction point it’s like a market correction , but if you grade this mid-term on the curve of a lot of presidential terms. It really wasn’t that bad . I mean obviously you don’t want to win , lose control of the House , but we’ve only lost you know it’ll end up being belittle over 30 seats you compare that to president Obama’s first midterm my organization was actually started to engage in president Obama’s first midterm election they lost 63 seats in the House and 6 senators , we gained 2 to 3 seats in the Senate . So you can compare that on balance , I think it it . It’s a market correction , I think there are lessons to be learned from it for our party that I think we would do well to heed but I I I think we’re still in pretty good shaver .
Republican Party was perceived as becoming more trumpet. If that is the word Trump like are Trump of favoring candidates did very well . Those who distance themselves from the president did not do so well were defeated by Democrats is that good for the long term prospects of the party . Well , I I think .
You know , whenever you are in control of the White House that tends to have a unifying impact on the party and everybody does more or less aligned themselves behind the president that was true of president Obama to also of president Clinton. In some cases that can be a problem if you’re running in a state that where the president is not popular but overall .
But as the country changes is that good for the party to be going to that older , whiter kind of direction.
Well , look , both parties are undergoing a huge cultural realignment right now you know the we’re we’re doing much better among rural voters older white voters. Democrats are doing better in suburban , affluent districts . That’s just something that you were seeing all across the board .
Stephen Law. Thanks for coming by . Really appreciate it .
And you hear him on Morning Edition from NPR News. I’m Stephen ski .
And I am Noel King.
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