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Elderly voters the biggest push behind the GOP wave
The Washington Independent ^ | 8 November 2010 | Jesse Zwick

Posted on 11/08/2010 8:00:40 AM PST by Racehorse

The election post-mortems keep rolling in. Politico's Byron Tau's report on the remarkable shift in voting patterns among America's oldest voters goes a long way to explain why last week's contest became such a rout for Republicans. Voters over 65, he writes, favored Republicans by a 21-point margin after breaking narrowly for Democrats in 2006, and in some key races the margin was even more lopsided:

In New Hampshire, for instance, seniors backed GOP Senate candidate Kelly Ayotte over her Democratic challenger by 33 points. In the narrow Illinois Senate contest, Republican Mark Kirk won older voters by 22 points. And In Delaware, they were the only age group to back tea party favorite Christine O'Donnell, by an 11-point margin.

"I've been saying since August 2009, that there was a tsunami — in this case a senior citizen tsunami — headed towards Capitol Hill," said Jim Martin, chairman of the 60 Plus Association, a conservative campaign group targeted toward older voters. "That tsunami came ashore."


(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonindependent.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Front Page News; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2010; 2010election; 2010midterms; democrats; elderly; elections; gop; voters

1 posted on 11/08/2010 8:00:43 AM PST by Racehorse
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To: Racehorse

Its too bad the AARP and other organizations are not on their side.


2 posted on 11/08/2010 8:05:09 AM PST by GeronL (http://libertyfic.proboards.com <--- My Fiction/ Science Fiction Board)
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To: Racehorse

Elders generally have a great more wisdom....don’t they? ;-)


3 posted on 11/08/2010 8:06:25 AM PST by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo...Sum Pro Vita. (Modified Decartes))
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To: Racehorse

Well, it shows that we’re still vital. : )


4 posted on 11/08/2010 8:06:47 AM PST by mia
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To: Racehorse; onyx; P-Marlowe

The figured out that “death panels” were real in Obamacare. We truly do have Sarah Palin to thank for this easy soundbite term.

The rape of medicare is also real, so that got their attention as well.

In short, they have weighed Obamacare in the balance and found it deadly to Seniors.


5 posted on 11/08/2010 8:10:52 AM PST by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain & proud of it: Truly Supporting the Troops means praying for their Victory!)
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To: Racehorse

The Dems ‘owned’ the senior vote until recently. The elderly who spent decades voting for FDR by any other name have now passed on. The “Republicans will take your Social Security” ruse Dems pulled out in every election just won’t work any more.

I wouldn’t say this generation of seniors are in the Republican camp so much as that they are open to voting for either party. The GOP shouldn’t take them for granted now as a constituent group, as the Dems did.


6 posted on 11/08/2010 8:11:26 AM PST by EDINVA
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To: Racehorse
Terrible news. It means that the recent congressional wins are very fragile in the long term.

Something needs to be done to inspire the young.

7 posted on 11/08/2010 8:17:43 AM PST by GeorgeSaden
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To: xzins

Tim Wise at Kos put the death panels into perspective with his diatribe, he considers death as the ultimate weapon of the Left.


8 posted on 11/08/2010 8:20:00 AM PST by junta (S.C.U.M. = State Controlled Unreliable Media)
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To: Racehorse

One thing about old people, they weren’t raised to hate America.


9 posted on 11/08/2010 8:27:03 AM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: SumProVita

Well...plenty of them voted ‘for’ the piece of crap that now resides in the WH. I’d like to see those figures


10 posted on 11/08/2010 8:27:09 AM PST by Outlaw Woman (No Compromise!)
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To: GeorgeSaden

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demographics_of_the_United_States

There were 155.6 million females in the United States in 2009. The number of males was 151.4 million.

At age 85 and older, there were more than twice as many women as men. People under 20 years of age made up over a quarter of the U.S. population (27.3%),

and people age 65 and over made up one-eighth (12.8%) in 2009.

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Women in the workforce since 1935 (SS created) are working & living longer than their husbands - contributed to, & now dependent on SS and Medicare. Elderly women are voting their interests and those of their grandchildren.


11 posted on 11/08/2010 8:28:03 AM PST by sodpoodle (Despair; man's surrender. Laughter; God 's redemption.)
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To: Racehorse

ironically, because older people are the among the people who get the most socialist benefits-—social security, medicare etc etc


12 posted on 11/08/2010 8:29:58 AM PST by ChurtleDawg (voting only encourages them)
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To: Racehorse

I guess 39 and 40 year olds are elderly now... I knew I felt old when I turned 39... What a load of BULL!


13 posted on 11/08/2010 8:30:34 AM PST by crazydad
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To: EDINVA
The Dems ‘owned’ the senior vote until recently. The elderly who spent decades voting for FDR by any other name have now passed on.

I just took a look at presidential elections back to 1968 and it doesn't look that way to me, do you have some figures to support that? They usually vote Republican except for 1992,1996, and 2000.

14 posted on 11/08/2010 8:30:34 AM PST by ansel12
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To: Racehorse
Elderly voters the biggest push behind the GOP wave.
I live along the shore of Lake Ontario and recently the brainwashing of the young was never more evident. A few months ago, standing outside a local restaurant was a mid 50s guy with a clipboard.
I watched as some diners took the clipboard and signed, every one of them was "older", while all the others, the "young", just shook their heads no and walked away.
Turns out the man was asking for signatures on a petition to block the installation of wind turbines in the lake.
While the county hasn't decided yea or nay yet, every town council that resides on the lake front has voted no.
15 posted on 11/08/2010 8:31:53 AM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: Outlaw Woman
Well...plenty of them voted ‘for’ the piece of crap that now resides in the WH. I’d like to see those figures

Seniors were the most Republican age group in 2008, they voted against Obama by a wide margin.

16 posted on 11/08/2010 8:34:50 AM PST by ansel12
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To: Racehorse
Hmmm, old people vote Republican... Dems want ObamaCare to have ‘death panels’... to off the old. Connections?
17 posted on 11/08/2010 8:35:50 AM PST by GOPJ ('Power abdicates only under the stress of counter-power." Martin Buber /a Tea-nami's coming..)
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To: ansel12

Do you have any figures handy that you could post?


18 posted on 11/08/2010 8:38:24 AM PST by Outlaw Woman (No Compromise!)
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To: Outlaw Woman

Yes, you are correct. The very fact that they voted for the most PRO-abortion (among other things) president in the history of this nation demonstrates the problem. Good Pope Benedict is well aware that many who call themselves CATHOLIC are not properly catechized and have a great need to understand how to enter into an intimate relationship with Christ and become His followers as members of the Church. That is why he is calling for a re-evangelization of Catholics within the context of highlighting the fact that we are called to evangelize. This is for the worldwide Church. He is preparing an important encyclical on this, which I look forward to with great anticipation.

There IS a renewal going on within the Church (unknown by the press) that is already beginning to turn things around (think REPENTANCE). This will grow with TIME.

;-))


19 posted on 11/08/2010 8:44:19 AM PST by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo...Sum Pro Vita. (Modified Decartes))
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To: Outlaw Woman

Oops...I got your post confused with another one. Apologies.

;-/


20 posted on 11/08/2010 8:46:16 AM PST by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo...Sum Pro Vita. (Modified Decartes))
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To: Outlaw Woman
Here is a number of 8% from an article in politico.

"Voters over 65 favored Republicans last week by a 21-point margin after flirting with Democrats in the 2006 midterm elections and favoring John McCain by a relatively narrow 8-point margin in 2008."
Read more:
http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1110/44802.html#ixzz14i1wH1zU

Here is a chart from New York Times exit polls that makes the same point with different figures about the senior vote. In the chart it includes five years of non-seniors which lowers the percentage.

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21 posted on 11/08/2010 8:50:57 AM PST by ansel12
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To: Racehorse

Where were they in 2008 when they could have done some real good?


22 posted on 11/08/2010 8:51:48 AM PST by Elwood P. Doud (America, you voted for a negro socialist with an Islamic name - so why are you surprised?)
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To: Racehorse

23 posted on 11/08/2010 8:53:27 AM PST by Madame Dufarge
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To: Racehorse

Anyone still wonder about the REAL purpose of those death panels??!!


24 posted on 11/08/2010 8:55:14 AM PST by Oldpuppymax
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To: SumProVita

That’s ok...I read it with interest. Very well written. :)


25 posted on 11/08/2010 9:01:06 AM PST by Outlaw Woman (No Compromise!)
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To: Racehorse
The elderly and the boomer generation needs to vote Tea Party the rest of their lives and walk on their bloody knees to the pools every election as penance for electing these fascist bastards for decades.
26 posted on 11/08/2010 9:06:49 AM PST by Rashputin (Barry is totally insane and being kept medicated and on golf courses to hide the fact)
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To: Rashputin

The boomers have been a fairly conservative vote all of their lives, how do you think things started moving right as the boomers moved into American life starting in the late 1980s? In 1972 the 18-29 year old vote went Republican, 52% to 46%, and today boomers range in age of 46 to 64, and we have made huge gains against liberalism in the last 20 years or more.


27 posted on 11/08/2010 9:14:33 AM PST by ansel12
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To: Outlaw Woman
Well...plenty of them voted ‘for’ the piece of crap that now resides in the WH. I’d like to see those figures

Seniors voted for McCain over Obama in 2008.

28 posted on 11/08/2010 9:17:14 AM PST by SeeSac
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To: Racehorse
Maybe so....maybe so.

One can remember in the very recent past how loud and long the demand was for "turnout". We could carry the day if we could just get turnout. Turnout...turnout...turnout.

Well....it appears that after the screaming stopped, the demanding fell off, the fires in the hair were put out...that the voter turnout for this mid-term election was only marginally (very marginally) higher than for the 2006 midterms (40.5% vs 41.5%).

One can only imagine the results had the turnout been 50% or higher. The blacks stayed away from the polls as did the youth. The old folk turned out (as they usually do) as did the white middle-age folk.

But not in high enough percentages to provide the margin of victory. It's at least a very good guess that if the turnout (much ballyhooed, much vaunted) had been just 6% or 7% higher, the results would have been truly astounding.

To be sure, it was a victory...historical, even.

But with sound senatorial candidates in NV, DE, and CO (to name a few) and a 7% higher voter turnout...the results would have been truly breathtaking!!

29 posted on 11/08/2010 9:19:26 AM PST by Logic n' Reason (You can roll a turd in powered sugar; that don't make it a jelly donut)
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To: SeeSac

Not by a huge margin.


30 posted on 11/08/2010 9:19:34 AM PST by Outlaw Woman (No Compromise!)
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To: ansel12

I must have run afoul of a nest of stupid ones, then, because around here folks my age are still in shock over the Republicans taking the House and worried that their favorite arts and bullcrap programs will be cut.

Thanks for the info, though, it’s refreshing to hear.

Regards


31 posted on 11/08/2010 9:23:53 AM PST by Rashputin (Barry is totally insane and being kept medicated and on golf courses to hide the fact)
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To: Rashputin
The elderly and the boomer generation needs to vote Tea Party the rest of their lives and walk on their bloody knees to the pools every election as penance for electing these fascist bastards for decades.

Seniors voted for McCain over Obama in 2008.

32 posted on 11/08/2010 9:32:17 AM PST by SeeSac
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To: Racehorse

How the hell do any of these people know how seinors voted?

I sure as hell don’t answer any stinking surveys!


33 posted on 11/08/2010 9:34:33 AM PST by dalereed
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To: ansel12

“The boomers have been a fairly conservative vote all of their lives”

You’re full of shit!!!


34 posted on 11/08/2010 9:41:10 AM PST by dalereed
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To: ansel12

“The boomers have been a fairly conservative vote all of their lives”

You’re full of shit!!!


35 posted on 11/08/2010 9:41:14 AM PST by dalereed
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To: GeorgeSaden

I agree. I think the 50+ generation may be the last truly patriotic generation.... the generation that sees Communism and Socialism for what they are. The government run schools have done a fine job of brainwashing the next generations. Thank God my kids listen to me and not the schools. All 3 are solid conservatives and vote a straight R ticket. Unfortunately, most kids don’t.

This is what is happening:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qlpODYhnPEo&feature=related


36 posted on 11/08/2010 10:00:08 AM PST by mojitojoe (The lefty loons puts their stock in substance and lives on identity and figureheads.)
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To: GOPJ

You got it. I truly believe 50 years after we are all gone, this country will be controlled by Communists or Islam.


37 posted on 11/08/2010 10:06:47 AM PST by mojitojoe (The lefty loons puts their stock in substance and lives on identity and figureheads.)
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To: GeronL

Is this why AARP came out the other day saying it made a mistake in supporting Obamacare?


38 posted on 11/08/2010 10:08:53 AM PST by shield (A wise man's heart is at his RIGHT hand;but a fool's heart at his LEFT. Ecc 10:2)
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To: Racehorse
This worries me. The left, thanks to our suicidal stupidity, controls the youth. We get the old people, who will
1. Die off.
2. get hysterical about necessary social security and medicare reform.
39 posted on 11/08/2010 10:12:29 AM PST by rmlew (You want change? Vote for the most conservative electable in your state or district.)
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To: dalereed

You are evidently not only ignorant, but a nasty little fool as well, that wasn’t a post you made, but an idiots childish outburst.


40 posted on 11/08/2010 10:20:03 AM PST by ansel12
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To: ansel12

my precinct is in a senior housing complex of over 800 homes and it is 80% democrat!

I’m a proud to be a nasty old bastard!!

Go shove it where the sun doesn’t shine you usless babyboomers!


41 posted on 11/08/2010 10:27:28 AM PST by dalereed
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To: Racehorse

This is the group that Tim Wise & Co wishes were dead.


42 posted on 11/08/2010 10:29:02 AM PST by Altura Ct.
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To: dalereed

Another childish outburst, we aren’t responsible for you choosing to live with liberals, but I doubt that it is true anyway, you don’t have anything but your own imagination to base your claims on about your 800 home Senior community being 80% Democrat do you, and I don’t know what that has to do with boomers anyway.


43 posted on 11/08/2010 10:46:47 AM PST by ansel12
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To: ansel12

The voting rolls are public and posted at the poling place for anyone to look at plus the results are posted after the election.

as far as baby boomers, I hate the lazy dope smoking bastards!


44 posted on 11/08/2010 10:51:45 AM PST by dalereed
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To: dalereed

Judging by your angry, and nasty outbursts on this thread, I don’t think anyone has any problem believing you have feelings of hatred, too bad you don’t have any numbers showing why the group of senior voters that you chose to live with are so unusual, and don’t vote Republican like most seniors do.


45 posted on 11/08/2010 10:58:05 AM PST by ansel12
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To: shield

like the AARP cares who old people vote for, as long as they get the money and spend it to support Democrats.

Same with unions and union members.


46 posted on 11/08/2010 11:00:38 AM PST by GeronL (http://libertyfic.proboards.com <--- My Fiction/ Science Fiction Board)
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To: ansel12

I’m sure you are right ... I was basing my comment on coverage in the news, which focuses on the retires in FL.


47 posted on 11/08/2010 11:03:08 AM PST by EDINVA
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To: xzins

Well said, and you’re right. The credit goes to Sarah Palin.

Her words: “Obama’s death panels.”


48 posted on 11/08/2010 12:17:07 PM PST by onyx (If you truly support Sarah Palin and want on her busy ping list, let me know!)
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To: Racehorse

OBAMACARE & DEATH PANELS!

Obamacare Endgame: Doctors Will be Fined or Jailed if they Put Patients First
by Dr. Elaina George

http://biggovernment.com/egeorge/2010/10/30/obamacare-endgame-doctors-will-be-fined-or-jailed-if-they-put-patients-first/


49 posted on 11/09/2010 3:43:54 PM PST by GailA (obamacare paid for by cuts & taxes on most vulnerable Veterans, retired Military, disabled & Seniors)
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To: dalereed
as far as baby boomers, I hate the lazy dope smoking bastards

LOL - I'm neither lazy nor do I smoke dope!

50 posted on 11/09/2010 4:07:58 PM PST by jla
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