Renewing Our Determination to Update Social Security

People in Washington may hem and haw about Social Security being the third rail of politics. But people outside of Washington want to get something done. That’s why we traveled to the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, where we had many conversations about Social Security with delegates, elected officials and political operatives over the last few days. And AARP’s Take a Stand campaign left Cleveland with renewed determination to make updating Social Security a bigger part of the presidential debate. …

Trump Fared Best Among Older Voters to Win 4 of 5 Primaries

Billionaire businessman Donald Trump got his strongest support from older voters to help him win four of the five Republican primaries on March 15. Trump took between 38 and 49 percent of the vote from those 65 and older in the five states. His support from voters 18 to 29 ranged from 26 to 39 percent. With each age group, his best showing was in Missouri and his smallest share of the vote was in Ohio, according to exit polls …

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 …

Older Voters Flock to Clinton in South Carolina Primary

Hillary Clinton won an overwhelming 88 percent of voters 65 and older and 77 percent of those 45 to 64 in the Feb. 27 South Carolina Democratic primary. That was far stronger than her victories among older voters in the three earlier Democratic presidential nomination contests in February. Unlike previous showings where her share of the vote dropped significantly among younger age groups, Clinton also drew 75 percent of voters 30 to 44, according to exit polls by the National …

The Firsts-in-the-Nation Review

It’s a long road to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, but the 2016 election has begun. As I sit here after the final totals are being tallied for South Carolina and Nevada, I thought I would share a couple of insights that I’ve learned coming out of the first couple of caucuses and primaries. In Iowa, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton squeaked out a victory — the closest margin of victory the Iowa Democratic caucus has ever seen — over Sen. …

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 …