presidential campaign

For Romney, What A Difference Four Years Makes

Posted on 04/25/2012 by | Politics | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsMitt Romney’s “favorable” rating has been on something of a roller coaster in 2012. But the more older Republican primary voters have seen him, the more they seem to like him. Romney, who abandoned his 2008 quest for the Republican presidential nomination soon after Super Tuesday, has been doing better among 50-plus voters in the GOP primaries this year, according to exit polls. With few exceptions, Romney improved his standing among 50- to 64-year-old Republicans as well as Republicans 65 …

A Political Fish Story

Posted on 04/24/2012 by | Politics | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsPolitical tradition in Virginia comes down to shad — an oily, bony fish that someone once decided would be just delicious if it were split in two and cooked on wooden planks over an open fire. In fact, the fish is something of an acquired taste. At least that’s what I recently discovered at the annual Shad Planking festival in Wakefield, Virginia, a bucolic little town about 35 miles south of Richmond. This must-do event for state and local political …

The “Senior Vote” — Are They Talking About Me?

Posted on 04/20/2012 by | Politics | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsIt bugs me when marketers refer to “the over-50 crowd.” Whether hawking online dating services or warning about the dangers of STDs, they seem to see us as one huge lump of aging humanity. It feels like we disappear as individuals. Sure, I’m over 50, but that isn’t top of mind as I go about my day. There’s a similar tendency to stereotype American voters during election season, Dante Chinni, a journalist who directs the Patchwork Nation project at the …

Santorum — For Whom the Bellwether Tolled

Posted on 04/10/2012 by | Politics | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsAs older Republican primary voters go, so went Rick Santorum’s presidential campaign. Santorum, who suspended his campaign Tuesday by conceding the “race for us is over,” did well in primary states only when he did well among voters 50 and older — especially voters on the cusp of retirement age. According to the exit polls, Santorum’s finishes in individual primaries almost always mirrored how he did among voters aged 50 to 64. He took his biggest shares of 50- to …

Is the Grand Old Party Growing Older?

Posted on 04/7/2012 by | Politics | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsRepublican primary voters are getting older. And it’s not just because, like the rest of us, they’ve aged four years since the last presidential election. The proportion of GOP primary voters who are 50 and older has gotten substantially bigger since 2008, according to exit polls in the states that have held primaries so far, even as overall turnout has dropped. In many cases, the increases have been in the double digits, showing a dramatic rise in the influence of …

With Older GOP Voters Behind Him, Romney Goes Three for Three

Posted on 04/4/2012 by | Politics | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsMitt Romney swept the primaries in Wisconsin, Maryland and the District of Columbia — and he has older voters to thank for it. In both Wisconsin and Maryland, voters age 50 and older made up a bigger share of the GOP primary electorate than they did in 2008. And exit polls in both states (no exit polling was done in the D.C., where Rick Santorum wasn’t even on the ballot) indicate that the older the voter, the more likely they …