The youth vote gave President Barack Obama an edge in his victory Tuesday. A national exit poll found Obama secured 60 percent of the youth vote, compared with Mitt Romney’s 36 percent.
Politico.com notes that’s a smaller percentage than Obama’s youth vote advantage against Sen. John McCain in 2008, but young voters came through for Obama last night in the key swing states of Ohio, Florida and Virginia, where he led by margins of about 20 to 30 percentage points against Romney among 18- to 29-year-olds.
An article on The Huffington Post trumpets another milestone for Obama as well:
“Obama’s 60 percent to 36 percent victory among young people this year is smaller than his 66 percent-31 percent win over John McCain in 2008, but it is still the highest any Democratic presidential candidate scored in 30 years among 18- to 29 year-olds,” the article states. “Voters from ages 18 to 29 represented 19 percent of all those who voted on Tuesday, according to the early National Exit Poll conducted by Edison Research. That’s an increase of one percentage point from 2008.”