Crazy high youth turnout in Austin

Jim Wick, a veteran Democratic operative who is currently running the mayor’s election campaign, posted this delightful tidbit on Facebook:

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Here’s some state level data by TargetSmart, a data firm that analyzes early vote figures and “models” the party alignment and demographics. I definitely can’t vouch for their methodology, which they don’t divulge, but assuming they’re not atrociously off, there’s something happening here…

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There’s also been an enormous surge in Latino and Asian turnout:

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This election is pushing the electorate toward looking more like the state population, which is only about 45 percent non-Hispanic white. Latinos are still nowhere near their share of the population (at least 40 percent), but making progress nonetheless.

Look, I’ve got no idea what’s going to happen nationally or even locally. But if anything good happens –– the Dems win the house, Prop A passes, Ted Cruz loses reelection and is hired as a “White House strategist” –– we’ll have young voters to thank. It also signals the potential for city leaders to be ambitious on transit, housing and other issues that the baby boomer-dominated electorate has been reluctant to embrace locally.

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