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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 …

In Politics, It’s Not the Age Old — er, the Old Age — Question

Posted on 04/17/2012 by |Politics | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsRepublican Richard Lugar, who recently turned 80 and is the longest-serving Senator in Indiana history, is facing a serious re-election challenge from within his own party this year. Rep. Louise Slaughter, D-N.Y., is, at 82, expecting a tough run in the general election this fall. And at 78, Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, will have to weather opposition in the GOP primary if he’s to earn a seventh term. What’s remarkable about the three candidates is not just their status as …

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 …

The End Is Near . . . Again

Posted on 03/27/2012 by |Politics | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsIf you’re running President Obama’s re-election campaign and you want to test how certain themes will play in Peoria, what to do? Turn to your pollsters? Convene focus groups? Test your message before a friendly audience? All of the above, probably. But if you’re smart, you won’t have your candidate do the on-the-ground testing. You’ll have a surrogate do it. That way, you can smooth out any rough edges — either in how the message is delivered or how it …

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 …