According to Tuft’s CIRCLE, many college students are newly eligible voters who can have a major impact in Senate and House races throughout the country, and add to the growing youth electorate.
In Florida, college students pose a threat to incumbent Senator Marco Rubio’s votes because of their growing average voter turnout rates compared to previous midterm elections. Rubio is predicted to win with a lead of 7.5 percentage points.
After the overturning of Roe v. Wade, issues have changed for South Floridian college students from gun violence to the right to abortion.
“I think it will be related to my vote by making sure I’m voting for people who also have the same values as I do,” said Lauren Emer, a 3rd year PhD student.