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Romney Gets Shot of Adrenaline From Florida’s Older Voters

Posted By Sandy Johnson On February 1, 2012 @ 7:49 am In Bulletin Today | Comments Disabled

Florida (hearts) Mitt Romney [1]. Especially older voters, who powered a definitive Romney victory over Newt Gingrich [2] in the Republican presidential primary.

Seven in 10 [3] Florida primary voters were 50-plus. In the 50-64 age group, Romney won 44 percent to Gingrich’s 34 percent. In the 65-plus group, Romney’s victory was even more pronounced, 51 percent to 34 percent.

Maybe Florida primary voters loved what Romney said about Medicare and Social Security, two lifelines in a state where 18 percent of the population is 65 or older.

“We will never go after Medicare and Social Security, we will protect those programs,” Romney said the other night, a statement clearly aimed at older voters who might not be so enamored of his support for Republican Rep. Paul Ryan’s plan to overhaul Medicare.YouTube Preview Image [4]

(See what GOP candidates told AARP [5] about Social Security, Medicare and other issues of interest to older voters.)

Florida will be a November battleground, with its rich electoral pot and its diversity of voters. Watch the older vote: In 2008, Republican John McCain was the hands-down choice of 65-plus voters, but Barack Obama won the 50-64 age group.

Florida’s primary voters gave Romney a badly needed lift after his crushing defeat by Gingrich in South Carolina. Florida voters said Romney had a better shot at wresting the White House from President Obama. And half said that home foreclosures in their community are a major problem, and they put their faith in Romney.

But Gingrich vows to carry the primary fight forward, and he was buoyed by signs like this: Self-identified conservatives barely gave Romney the edge over Gingrich, and the strongest supporters of the tea party movement preferred Gingrich by a double-digit margin.

Next up: Nevada, on Feb. 4, a tea party hotbed.

See all Election 2012 posts. [6]

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[1] Mitt Romney: http://www.aarp.org/politics-society/government-elections/info-11-2011/mitt-romney-republican-presidential-candidate.html

[2] Newt Gingrich: http://www.aarp.org/politics-society/government-elections/info-11-2011/newt-gingrich-republican-presidential-candidate.html

[3] Seven in 10: http://www.cnn.com/election/2012/primaries/epolls/fl

[4] Image: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6o_lb8n3J2o

[5] told AARP: http://www.aarp.org/politics-society/government-elections/info-09-2011/republican-presidential-candidates-2012.html

[6] See all Election 2012 posts.: http://blog.aarp.org/author/sandykjohnson/

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