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Election Reflections

Millennials vote in increasing numbers and reflect on election results.

The Christian Science Monitor of Nov. 7 reported that youth voters once again influenced the outcome of the presidential election.

Citing data from the National Exit Poll, The Monitor reported that millennials aged 18 to 29 made up 19 percent of the electorate in this election cycle, up one percentage point from 2008, which was already a record-breaking youth vote turnout.

President Obama, again, won the support of young voters; The Monitor reports he carried 60 percent of millennial voters compared to the 37 percent who favored Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney.

Analyses conducted by CIRCLE, an independent research organization that tracks youth engagement in politics, indicates that if Gov. Romney had received 50 percent of the youth vote in swing states such as Ohio, Virginia, Pennsylvania and Florida, as many as 80 additional electoral votes could have been won.

The New York Times election map for this year’s presidential election documents that Lafayette County favored Romney with 56.8 percent of voters in the county casting ballots in his favor.

Mississippi, likewise, was won by Romney with 55.5 percent of the vote.
Having successfully carried the state of Florida, President Obama totaled 332 electoral college votes compared to Gov. Romney with 206.