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Older Voters Give Santorum a Lift in Louisiana

Posted on 03/25/2012 by | Politics | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsCandidates, take note: Boomers are an enormous part of the presidential electorate and can play a pivotal role in who gets the nomination and wins a trip to — or back to — the White House. In Louisiana, just about half (49 percent) of the voters in yesterday’s Republican primary voters were 45 to 64 years old, according to exit polls. Another 26 percent of the voters were 65 or older, putting the contest firmly in the hands of older …

Older Voters Help Romney Roll Up a Big Win in Illinois

Posted on 03/21/2012 by | Politics | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsMitt Romney handily won the yesterday’s GOP presidential primary in Illinois, and older voters — as they have in so many of the contests so far — went with the winner. Romney was widely expected to win Illinois, as it lacks the strong evangelical Christian base that’s favored Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich in other states. And it was Romney’s first virtually one-on-one match-up with Santorum, who has cast himself as the true conservative alternative to the well-funded Romney. Illinois’s …

The GOP Candidates and Medicare — Let’s Get Personal

Posted on 03/16/2012 by | Politics | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsMitt Romney turned 65 this past Monday, but instead of going photo-op on his birthday by publicly enrolling in Medicare (as actress Patty Duke recently did), his campaign let it be known that he wouldn’t be signing up for Medicare at all. Romney will simply keep his private insurance coverage, an aide told the Wall Street Journal. Romney, whose financial disclosure statements put his net worth at somewhere between $190 million to $250 million, doesn’t really need Medicare, of course, …

Older Voters to GOP Candidates: We Count

Posted on 03/13/2012 by | Politics | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsThe message to Republican presidential candidates Tuesday night was loud and clear: Not only do older voters play a huge role in determining the winner in the primaries, but they show up. Turnout among voters 50 and up was dramatically higher than among younger voters in both Alabama and Mississippi, according to exit polls. And Rick Santorum had voters aged 50-64 to thank for his wins in both states, which keep him in a nomination fight against Mitt Romney, the …

For Romney, a Red-Carpet Win

Posted on 02/29/2012 by | Politics | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsWhat do Meryl Streep, Christopher Plummer and Mitt Romney have in common? More than you might think, this week at least: they all owe key victories to an older electorate. (In case you missed it: 86 percent of voters for the Academy Awards – yes, 86 percent! – are 50 or older. Coincidence, then, that Sunday night’s 2012 Oscars felt, said the New York Times, “like an AARP pep rally?” At his own pep rally Tuesday night outside Detroit, Romney …

A Small Measure of Voter Dissatisfaction

Posted on 02/28/2012 by | Politics | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsAre older voters as angry as they were in 2010, when they formed the backbone of the Tea Party? Listening to an NPR report from a debate-watching party in Oracle, Ariz., on Feb. 20, you might not think so. At least not at first. Fifteen members of the Saddlebrooke Republican Club  gathered in their retirement community, which, according to the developer’s website, offers “a country club lifestyle that can best be described as breathtaking.” The partiers weren’t really representative of …