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 …

Oldest-Ever Congressman Ousted After 17 Terms

Republican Ralph Hall of Texas, who at 91 is the oldest-ever member of the U.S. House, has lost his bid to follow 17 terms in office with another one, which he had promised would be his last. He was narrowly defeated in a GOP runoff election May 27 by former U.S. Attorney John Ratcliffe, 48, who made Hall’s age an issue in the campaign. Hall, first elected to the House in 1981, was the only World War II veteran on …

Oldest Member of Congress Faces Runoff Election

Rep. Ralph Hall (R-Texas), the oldest member of Congress, faces a primary runoff after failing to lock up his party’s nomination March 4. Hall, a World War II Navy pilot who came to Congress in 1981 and will turn 91 in May, has said this will be his last race to represent Texas’ 4th Congressional District. But former U.S. Attorney John Ratcliffe, who is 48, said he wasn’t going to wait to run because Hall had made that claim in the …

Age Becomes an Issue (Sort of) in GOP Senate Race

On July 16, Republican Sen. Mike Enzi of Wyoming let it be known that he will seek a fourth term in office. About 30 minutes later, Liz Cheney, a political commentator for Fox News and daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, made public her intention to challenge Enzi in next year’s GOP primary. “I’m running because I believe it is necessary for a new generation of leaders to step up to the plate,” Cheney, 46, said in a video …

The 3 Budget Plans: How Do They Stack Up?

Now that President Obama has sent his 2014 budget proposal to Congress, three blueprints for the nation’s fiscal future are on the table. The other two are sharply divergent plans drafted by the lawmakers who chair the congressional budget committees: Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.). The Republican-controlled House passed the Ryan budget on March 21; the Democratic-controlled Senate passed the Murray budget two days later. We surveyed news accounts and nonpartisan analyses to pull together the …