youth in the South Carolina primary

My substantive post for the day is over at Politico:

New role for young voters.

I begin, “Young voters have played a crucial role in the 2012 Republican primaries, but in South Carolina, their role is due to change.

The big story so far has been their strong support for Ron Paul. Without younger voters, he would have been an also-ran in Iowa and New Hampshire.

But in South Carolina, there are many more potential young voters in a far larger voting pool. …”

[Jan. 22: CIRCLE’s analysis of the actual South Carolina primary is here. Youth turnout was 8% (par for the course). Paul won the youth vote and quintupled his support over 2008, but Obama still got three times as many South Carolina primary voters in ’08 than Paul drew in 2012.]

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Associate Dean for Research and the Lincoln Filene Professor of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Tufts University's Tisch College of Civic Life. Concerned about civic education, civic engagement, and democratic reform in the United States and elsewhere.
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