Elections Taken to Twitch? AOC Played Among Us to Encourage Voting; and Viewers Just Hit a Record Number

Published October 21st, 2020 - 08:41 GMT
Elections Taken to Twitch? AOC Played Among Us to Encourage Voting and Viewers Just Hit a Record Number
Throughout the game which was shortly joined by another Congress member of color, viewership soared to more than 430k Twitch users. (Twitter: @BenjiSales)

Last night, video-games enthusiasts tuned in to watch the NY democratic representative A Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez known as AOC as she played her first Among Us game on Twitch. AOC was shortly joined by the MN democratic representative Ilhan Omar and hundreds of thousands of viewers.

In an effort to reach out to young American voters, more and more politicians are trying to make use of unconventional methods to encourage them to cast their votes in the upcoming elections less than two weeks away. The most recent was the 31-year-old NY Congresswoman AOC, who resorted to playing the internet's most popular video game nowadays; Among Us.

During the game, AOC addressed her increasing viewers saying that they still have the opportunity to vote in the next elections on the 3rd of November. Additionally, the outspoken young representative, who has been the target of US President Donald Trump and a number of other GOP politicians, used her time on Twitch to lightly drop in several political messages, talking about fossil fuel "that is probably operating the ship in the game," and repeating the word "vote, mail it in" whenever she and other players had to vote a suspected imposter during the game.

Throughout the game which was shortly joined by another Congress member of color, viewership soared to more than 430k Twitch users, which according to the Verge makes AOC's game amongst the top 10 watched in the history of the platform.

Remarkably, this is not the first time a politician took to Twitch in an effort to attract young people. In August 2019, the 79-years old Vermont senator Bernie Sanders had joined Twitch during his campaign for the Democratic nomination for 2020 elections, which he suspended in April 2020 before endorsing his competitor Joe Biden.

Responding to AOC's Twitch broadcast which has inspired a lot of memes, many social media users celebrated the fact that young internet savvy's are finally having their own political platforms, which will not be interrupted by old long-serving politicians, naming Nancy Pelosi, Mike Pence, and others.


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