Older Voters Bolster Trump in Nevada GOP Caucus

Older voters strongly favored Donald Trump in the Feb. 23 Nevada Republican caucuses. As a large share of the total electorate, their vote for Trump was significantly higher than the older age groups in three states that voted earlier in February. Trump got 51 percent of the vote from Nevada GOP voters who were 65 and older, according to entrance poll results compiled by the National Election Pool. They were 33 percent of all GOP caucus-goers. Voters between ages 45 and …

Older Voters Boost Winners in Nevada, South Carolina Presidential Contests

Voters age 45-plus bolstered winners Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump in the Feb. 20 presidential nominating contests in Nevada and South Carolina. Their votes were especially significant in Clinton’s narrow victory in Nevada’s Democratic caucuses, where older voters had a much higher turnout than younger ones. The results continued the huge generational split in the party’s matchup between Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and Clinton, the former New York senator and secretary of state. The age contrast was less dramatic in South …

Older Voters Buck the Results in New Hampshire Primary

Older voters generally went against the grain of the overall results for both parties in the Feb. 9 first-in-the-nation 2016 presidential primary in New Hampshire. The age split was especially dramatic in the Democratic primary. Sen. Bernie Sanders led the unofficial results, with 60 percent of the vote to 38 percent for Hillary Clinton. But among voters 65 and older, Clinton took 55 percent of the vote  and 45 percent among voters 45 to 64, according to news media exit …

Older Voters Have Strong but Very Different Effects on the Iowa Caucus Outcomes

Older voters predictably turned out in large numbers for the Iowa caucus on Feb. 1 and affected the race results for the two parties in strikingly different ways. In the virtual 50-50 overall tie on the Democratic side of the 2016 presidential campaign’s first contest, Hillary Clinton won 69 percent of voters 65 and older and 58 percent of voters ages 45 to 64, according to entrance polls, while Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont won 84 percent of voters younger than 30 …

Older Voters Tilt Strongly to GOP in Senate Battleground States

Older voters were a dominant part of the GOP’s nationwide coalition as Republicans took control of the Senate and apparently made a double-digit gain of House seats in the Nov. 4 election. Similar patterns applied in virtually all of the Senate battleground states, according to a national Election Day survey. Of four broad age groups, voters 65 and older were the strongest supporters of Republican candidates, according to data in the national exit poll conducted by the National Election Pool, a consortium of …

New Hampshire House Candidates Clash on Social Security

The two candidates for a competitive House seat in New Hampshire duked it out over the future of Social Security in an Oct. 28 debate, which was broadcast statewide. “I will go to bat every single day” for Social Security, said Democratic Rep. Ann Kuster. Branding the system’s financing problems “easy to fix,” she called for raising the Social Security wage base limit from its current level of $117,000. >> AARP Voter Education Guide Republican challenger Marilinda Garcia voiced greater …