January 9, 2008
CIRCLE has updated their numbers again after all of the ballots were finally counted. The young voter count now stands at 84,232 voters under 30.
New Hampshire was a much needed win for Hillary Clinton. And we saw a different Senator on a stage filled with young people. This was a very different group than the old throwbacks to the ’90s that we saw in Iowa. Campaign staff conveyed to reporters that it was young voters who made the difference. Similarly, you saw a much more warm and fuzzy Senator who spoke extensively about “us” and “we” where before it was “me” and “my campaign.”
Right now the student data I can report is that in Iowa young voters made up 22% of voters where in New Hampshire they only made up 17%.
CNN reported astounding successes for Obama in college towns and with the 18- to 25-year-olds. But the 25- to 30-year-old votes were evenly split between Clinton and Obama. Similarly, women who broke for Obama went for Clinton in New Hampshire.
CIRCLE’s numbers report a 37% turnout for voters under 30. There is a chance it’ll be higher tomorrow when all the votes are tallied but thus far over 72,000 young voters voted.
And the YD’s have declared 2008 the Year of the Young Voter. Get ready, y’all–this election is going to be ours!
With such success in getting young people out to vote, Young Voter PAC is doubling up to get more young people to the polls in New Hampshire too.
“Young voters played a huge role in deciding the outcome of that election and led the charge for change. We are challenging you to beat that number on January 8th when we all head to the polls.”
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This weekend presidential candidate Hillary Clinton began a serious kumbaya with the primary electorate. Having been so unexpectedly trounced by independent and young voters in Iowa, the Clinton team changed strategies, admitting an error in judgment.