While President Barack Obama contended in a post-midterm interview that Democrats didn't share their message of progress very well, leading to low voter turnout, his assessment of the race missed the mark, The Washington Post reported.
But Democrats weren't the only ones to see fewer of their faithful make it to the polls, the Post's "The Fix" column
noted, adding that 2014 marked the lowest number of votes for Democrats in House races since 2002. Republican drop-off was also considerable when compared to 2010 as well as 2008 and 2012, when presidential races drew more Republicans to cast ballots.
Overall, voters were tepid in 2014, the Post added, citing a review by the Cook Political Report
that found it was the lowest midterm turnout since 2002.
This year's turnout, added the Post, marked the second-lowest voting percentage since 1942 after a record-low turnout in 1998.
The New York Times
, in describing the participation rate, called 2014 "bad for Democrats, but it was even worse for democracy," noting that nationwide, turnout was just 36.3 percent.
The Times added that in the country's three largest states, less than a third of voters cast ballots, with New York posting what the paper called a "shameful" 28.8 percent.
The Times cited "apathy, anger and frustration at the relentlessly negative tone of the campaigns" for the sad response.
Noted the Times: "Republicans ran a single-theme campaign of pure opposition to President Obama, and Democrats were too afraid of the backlash to put forward plans to revive the economy or to point out significant achievements of the last six years. Neither party gave voters an affirmative reason to show up at the polls."
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