The U.S. News and World report has an interesting look at Tuesday’s election in Wisconsin:
According to Crossroads Generation, a group dedicated to reaching young people with the messages promoting individual liberty, limited government, and free enterprise, in the recall election Walker carried the vote of those under the age of 25.“According to exit polling,” the group said, “for voters aged 18-29, the Democrats’ advantage among this group was cut in half compared to 2010. While Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett held a ten-point advantage among 18-29 year olds in the 2010 election, that gap was reduced to five points in Tuesday’s election.”Younger voters were a significant presence in Tuesday’s election. Voters under the age of 30, Crossroads Generation said, made up 16 percent of all voters in the recall election, a higher proportion than in the 2010 gubernatorial election.
This could be big. Via Meadia has long covered what we call the blue model’s “War on the Young”, and we’ve often wondered why the kids haven’t yet caught on. In Wisconsin, Big Blue needed votes to maintain the high costs (and pensions) that reduce services for young people and that, for example, keep incompetent teachers in their jobs for life no matter how many kids suffer.The youth vote has swung left in recent years. This is a natural response for a generation that grew up under George W. Bush — a man whose presidency did more to re-energize the American left that Saul Alinsky could have dreamed. The vote in Wisconsin — if the Crossroads Generation analysis holds up — could be a sign that this trend is beginning to change.