While the presidential race and contests for seats in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives got the most attention on Nov. 6, voters in some states got the chance to decide on a number of referendum questions as well. Here are some of the key results on proposals affecting Americans 50 and older.
Exit poll data is providing some significant insights into Tuesday's election, in which President Barack Obama won a second term - and the role that voters 50 and older, who amount to nearly half of the electorate, played in the outcome.
an Oct. 24 post, we looked at how the future of Medicare, Social Security and other programs for older Americans may well be shaped by the outcomes of 12 key races for seats in the U.S. Senate, all of which have been rated as tossups by RealClearPolitics or major news organizations, and in a Nov. 2 post we looked at how those races were playing out in the final days of the 2012 campaign.
News organizations have called the U.S. Senate race in Wisconsin in favor of Democrat Tammy Baldwin, who defeated former Wisconsin governor and Bush administration official Tommy Thompson. With 78.8 percent of the vote counted, Baldwin was leading 50.8 percent to 46.6 percent, according to Politico.
Democrats scored a huge coup tonight in Indiana, picking up a U.S. Senate seat in a reliably red state. But it was despite - not because of - the preferences of older voters in the state.
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