View Full Version : Ron Paul Not a Hit With Youth Voters on Super Tuesday

03-08-2012, 09:25 PM
Ron Paul (http://www.chicagotribune.com/topic/politics/government/ron-paul-PEPLT005095.topic) walked away from Super Tuesday without winning a single state. It appears his droves of youth supporters stayed home. [See pictures of Super Tuesday voters heading to the polls. (http://www.usnews.com/photos/super-tuesday-voters-head-to-the-polls)]

Before Super Tuesday, Ron Paul was attracting more young voters than any of his competitors. He won the youth vote in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina. Nevada and even Mitt Romney (http://www.chicagotribune.com/topic/politics/government/mitt-romney-PEPLT007376.topic)'s home state of Michigan.

A study released Wednesday shows in five Super Tuesday states, Ron Paul attracted no more of the youth support than Rick Santorum (http://www.chicagotribune.com/topic/politics/government/rick-santorum-PEPLT005783.topic) or Mitt Romney.[See why running for president is a smart career move (http://www.usnews.com/news/blogs/rick-newman/2012/02/22/why-running-for-president-is-a-great-career-move).]

Accoring to Tufts Unversity's Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE), Paul received 88,000 youth votes in Massachusetts, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia and Georgia, tying him with former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum. Romney came in third with 86,000 votes, while Newt Gingrich (http://www.chicagotribune.com/topic/arts-culture/newt-gingrich-PEHST000779.topic) garnered 43,000 youth votes.

Super Tuesday confirmed what GOP (http://www.chicagotribune.com/topic/politics/parties-movements/republican-party-ORGOV0000004.topic) leaders have feared all along: young voters are apathetic about the GOP. On average, only 5 percent of voters who are 30 and younger showed up to the polls on Super Tuesday.

Read full article with stats: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/sns-201203081144usnewsusnwr201203070307whisper3mar08,0 ,3090503.story

03-08-2012, 09:38 PM
Is this what we have been critical of in the past?

The Gold Standard
03-08-2012, 10:24 PM
They didn't so much stay home as they were prevented from participating or not counted if they did.