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The Age Divide: Obama For the Young, Hillary for the Old(er)?

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Sure it's a generalization, but I am just looking for a reason behind Obama's loss in New Hampshire. Technically, it was not that much of a loss if you look at the number of delegates, but after the polls put Obama around 12 points in the lead, I think Hillary's victory took everyone by surprise. Looking into the demographics of who voted for which candidates shows some interesting dynamics. More than half of the registered voters in New Hampshire are over 50, so that puts Clinton's win in perspective. She does particularly well with the over 62 folks, while Obama scored 61% of the voters between 18-24. So for the Obama campaign to remain competitive, at this point they should either focus on getting the young people to "rock the vote" or try to woo the older demographic (or heck, why not do both- aren't they putting Wii's in retirement homes these days?).The good news is that enthusiasm is spreading out there for this election and more people than ever are turning out to vote. Both Obama and Republican candidate Ron Paul have strong online support to reach the youth, but the question is, will that be enough?

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number3of5 6 years, 11 months ago

While Mrs. Clinton might appeal to some older people she does not have any appeal for the 66 and 63 year old people in this household. In fact just the opposite is true. The idea of having her as a leader in this country makes us nauseated. That is why if she gets the nomination, I will definitely vote against her.

antney 6 years, 11 months ago

Obama's message is about hope and change.
Hillary's message is about experience and leadership.

We youth are just fed up with the partisanship in politics and want change. The old folks are used to the back and forth and think that's how its got to be.

I think McCain was truthfull about not calling himself a "kid" Why is 60 year old Hillary calling herself the "comeback kid"? The tittle fit Bill in 1992 but definitely not Hill.

domino 6 years, 11 months ago

I'm not sure I would use the word "enthusiasm" in connection with this election. I'm afraid it is more a matter of people being concerned with the direction this country is heading and trying to fine the "lesser of the evils" rather than the "best" candidate to vote for!

kneejerkreaction 6 years, 11 months ago

Opt for experience folks, 'cause BO isn't going to change anything but his underwear frequently if he is every unfortunate enough to get elected president.

Alia Ahmed 6 years, 11 months ago

Marlo,

This is an interesting piece and once again brings up how much technology is impacting almost every aspect of our lives. Hillary Clinton probably has a facebook group, I am aware of Barack's for KU. It is Barack Chalk Jayhawk. I think if we are ever able to vote on-line, younger voters will make more of a difference in the outcome of elections.

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