The Power of the 50+ Voter

“The polls got it wrong.” We hear this a lot when election outcomes don’t match pre-vote predictions.  But what about the exit polls – the Election Day surveys that pollsters and pundits use to tell us what really happened? Turns out, there is a lot those tallies miss – particularly when it comes to older voters. AARP commissioned an analysis by Echelon Insights of how many people in different age groups actually voted last November using what campaign pros call …

Clinton Sweeps Five Primaries, With Big Boost From Older Voters

Hillary Clinton got a big boost from voters 45 and older while sweeping all five Democratic primaries March 15, according to exit polls by the National Election Pool. Voters 65 and older gave Clinton at least two-thirds of their vote in Florida, Ohio, Illinois, North Carolina and Missouri. By contrast, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders won at least 65 percent from Democratic voters 18 to 29 in the five states. The oldest voters slightly outnumbered youthful voters in each case — …

Older Voters Back Front-Runners, but Clinton Slips in Michigan

Older voters strongly favored Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton in the Michigan and Mississippi presidential primaries, as the party front-runners increased their delegate count. But Clinton’s share of voters 45 and older fell in Michigan, compared to her results in some other states. That allowed Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont to narrowly win Michigan’s Democratic primary, propelled by his continued strong showing from younger voters, according to exit polls by the National Election Pool. Trump ran strongly with …