Presidential Politics in 2008

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The two party electoral system that has been adopted by the United States has made individual voting blocs of paramount importance in national, and especially, presidential politics. While both the Republican and Democratic parties enjoy a significant base of dedicated followers, it is the middle, swing, and independent voters that decide the election.


One thing that has ignited younger voters in 2008 is the presence of an energetic young candidate named Barak Obama. As early as October 2007 there was some speculation on the on the importance of the youth vote to the young presidential candidate. At that time, Gordon Fischer, Former Iowa Democratic Party Chairman, commented, "In all my many years of political activity I have not seen a candidate with Obama's talent. I have not seen young people as excited about a candidate, including Dean. He's just on a different level. He's so energized young people".1 Indeed, the energy has paid off. To begin his bid for the White House, Obama garnered 57 percent of the voters under 30 years of age in the Iowa caucuses.2 This was in a race against two other experienced and nationally known opponents, and a field of several lesser known candidates
Voter turnout among the age group of 18-24 years of age is the fastest growing age bracket, though their turnout in 2004 was still below the figures for the older groups.3 There is the additional problem in that the voters under 30 only represent less than 20 percent o ...
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