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Youngsters delivered Fla to Obama



Maybe there's a reason besides his latest Fabrizio polling or his Rick Perry infatuation that Rick Scott is suddenly stressing affordable higher education tuition. Young voters, it turns out, can decide statewide elections in Florida.

Count The Buzz among those skeptical that Barack Obama would turn out big numbers of voters under age 30. But he did, and a new analysis by the Pew Research Center suggests the youth vote was critical in delivering Obama Florida's 29 electoral votes.


In winning reelection, Barack Obama won 60% of the vote among those younger than 30. That was down somewhat from 2008, when Obama won nearly two-thirds (66%) of the votes of young people. However, Obama’s youth support may have been an even more important factor in his victory this year than it was in 2008....In four of the key battleground states, Obama may not have won without the youth vote. In Florida, 47% of voters 30 and older backed Obama, while 52% supported Romney. But by winning younger voters by two-to-one (66% to 32%), Obama eked out a narrow one-point victory in the state (50% to 49%)...

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[Last modified: Tuesday, November 27, 2012 10:21am]


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