South Carolina and the Youth Vote

Both Hillary and Obama have been courting the youth vote in South Carolina. Here's the numbers:

The stakes are high for the candidate who can mobilize the 612,000 eligible South Carolina voters younger than 29.

Last Saturday's GOP primary drew 44,000 young voters, according to exit polls. That was only 10 percent of the total turnout of 443,000. In contrast, 35 percent of the Republican voters last Saturday were over age 60. That trend relegated Mike Huckabee, who blitzed college campuses last week, to second place behind John McCain, who won with older voters.

According to the Secretary of State, there are 2,246,242 registered voters in South Carolina in 2,048 precincts. In the 18 to 24 age group, there are 216,877 voters -- in the 25 to 45 age group, there are 738,704 voters. These numbers include Democrats, Republicans and Independents.

So, there are almost a million voters under age 45. By contrast, there are more than 1.5 million registered voters over age 45.

In the 2004 presidential primary, 184,288 voted in the Democratic primary.

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    i think that % (none / 0) (#1)
    by cpinva on Sat Jan 26, 2008 at 01:37:31 PM EST
    in the GOP primary roughly corresponds to that of the GE. appealing to the youth vote, while certainly admirable, has historically been a "no gainer" for any candidate. they just don't vote in the same #'s that older folks do, for whatever reason.

    about the only thing i can think of that would be compelling enough to get a larger % of younger voters to the polls, is if the draft were in place. the republicans have effectively killed that, knowing it would be the death knell of their party.

    if any of the democratic candidates are seriously relying on the youth vote to get them over the top in south carolina, i expect they'll be seriously disappointed.

    I read one news story about HRC (none / 0) (#2)
    by oculus on Sat Jan 26, 2008 at 01:50:37 PM EST
    meeting with a large contingent of college kids and advocating a way for students to do public service to reduce student loans.  Big cheer.  I would hope the youth vote, especially female, would be concerned enough about Roe v. Wade, choice, and upcoming appointments to SOCTUS to go vote, but who knows.

    that is very savvy. (none / 0) (#3)
    by Judith on Sat Jan 26, 2008 at 01:53:17 PM EST
    thanks for mentioning that.

    You sure do contribute great stuff.  No suck up - I mean it,


    Thanks. (none / 0) (#6)
    by oculus on Sat Jan 26, 2008 at 02:09:42 PM EST
    Hillary Clinton is (none / 0) (#4)
    by athyrio on Sat Jan 26, 2008 at 01:56:28 PM EST
    one smart cookie....She knows how to drum up support....that would be great for my grandkids who are stuggling thru college with costs...

    Don't know where to put this (none / 0) (#5)
    by Stellaaa on Sat Jan 26, 2008 at 02:06:47 PM EST
    I just read this, some good points.

    Cheap Shots, But Valuable?, Eleanor Clift

    Of course, neither you nor I consider (none / 0) (#7)
    by oculus on Sat Jan 26, 2008 at 02:14:32 PM EST
    HRC's Rezko comment to be a cheap shot.  

    are obsessions that obvious? (none / 0) (#11)
    by Stellaaa on Sat Jan 26, 2008 at 03:00:00 PM EST

    Oh, its not an obsession at all. (none / 0) (#12)
    by oculus on Sat Jan 26, 2008 at 10:14:57 PM EST
    We are doing the Lord's work here.  They will all thank us some day for not sweeping this info under the rug.  Just you wait and see.

    What about Edwards (none / 0) (#8)
    by PlayInPeoria on Sat Jan 26, 2008 at 02:15:42 PM EST
    Will he pull any youth votes? And how will JE use those votes?

    Todays news....

    Illinois Democrats close to Sen. Barack Obama are quietly passing the word that John Edwards would be named attorney general in an Obama administration.

    If anyone is looking to vote for JE ... will this coming out today change the vote?

    Shameless pandering by Obama (none / 0) (#9)
    by oculus on Sat Jan 26, 2008 at 02:27:26 PM EST

    Loving it... (none / 0) (#10)
    by Stellaaa on Sat Jan 26, 2008 at 02:58:51 PM EST
    Watching MSNBC, the pundit heads are spinning: High turnouts..what will the people do?