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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Santorum Wins Alabama, Mississippi Youth Vote

Posted by on Wed, Mar 14, 2012 at 11:43 AM

This doesn't bode well for the future of the Republican Party:

Former Sen. Rick Santorum was the overwhelming choice of young Republican voters in Alabama and Mississippi with 41% and 45% of the under-30 vote, respectively...

“Santorum performed poorly among young people in the early caucuses and primaries, as he did in his last Pennsylvania Senate race,” said CIRCLE director Peter Levine. ”But he has improved his showing since Michigan, probably on the strength of socially conservative youth.”

The good news is that total youth turnout in the Republican primaries was down from 12 percent and 10 percent in Alabama and MIssissippi in 2008, to 10 percent and 8 percent respectively in 2012. So while southern Republican youth voters appear to be getting even crazier, there are at least fewer of them.

 

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Zebes 1
Socially conservative kids: Because you're never too young to act like you're really, really old.
Posted by Zebes http://www.badrap.org/rescue/index.html on March 14, 2012 at 11:53 AM · Report this
Urgutha Forka 2
I think younger people are drawn to politicians with really strong, inflexible, straightforward beliefs, views, and answers on things. That's why Ron Paul has so many young followers - even though his policies are insane, he's very committed to those policies. Santorum is the same. That kind of attitude also helped Jesse Ventura get elected governor of Minnesota, where the young vote was strongly in his favor. Young people are idealistic. They become more realistic and flexible as they grow up.

That's my two cents anyway.
Posted by Urgutha Forka on March 14, 2012 at 11:57 AM · Report this
Matt from Denver 3
@ 2 is spot on. Add to that, these are Bible Belt kids we're talking about. I'll need more evidence before seeing this as a trend young 'pubs in general are following.
Posted by Matt from Denver on March 14, 2012 at 11:59 AM · Report this
Zebes 4
@2

Makes sense to me. In my totally anecdotal and subjective experience, a lot of kids want simplified answers to problems and to disregard nuance and complexity in favor of apparent "solutions." A stolid and morally entrenched politician might appeal to that desire (on both sides of the political spectrum, too).
Posted by Zebes http://www.badrap.org/rescue/index.html on March 14, 2012 at 12:02 PM · Report this
Will in Seattle 5
Depends on where they lived, actually. Major urban/rural split.

@2 for the Who is John Galt Carter of Mars win.
Posted by Will in Seattle http://www.facebook.com/WillSeattle on March 14, 2012 at 12:05 PM · Report this
seatackled 6
Rick Santorum Relieved No One Has Asked Him About Interracial Marriage Yet

http://www.theonion.com/articles/rick-sa…
Posted by seatackled on March 14, 2012 at 12:47 PM · Report this
7
@2 describes nearly all of the young conservatives I know/have known.
Posted by WestSeven on March 14, 2012 at 12:53 PM · Report this
emor 8
When I talk to the Ron Paul supporters amongst my acquaintances, the first virtue they mention is the unwavering inflexibility of his views over the decades. I'm not sure why they think a stubborn refusal to admit that one might be wrong is so admirable -- they certainly detest it in my refusal to believe Ron Paul would make America a better place.
Posted by emor on March 14, 2012 at 1:05 PM · Report this
Stiny 9
So, basically, Santorum won the votes of the 18-20 year olds who were still living at home. Their parents just drove them to the polls and told them who to vote for, perhaps.
Posted by Stiny on March 14, 2012 at 3:32 PM · Report this
eclexia 10
Could they have been crossover votes doing it for the lulz?
Posted by eclexia on March 14, 2012 at 4:03 PM · Report this

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