CBS News is reporting that the youth vote--18-29-year-olds--that was so critical to President Obama's election made up only nine percent of voters in 2010, down from 19 percent in 2008. Fifty-eight percent of the youth vote favors the Democrats.
Despite an intense campaign push in the waning weeks before the elections, early exit polls indicate Democrats did not have a good turn-out: 39 percent of voters voted Democrat, while 56 voted Republican. Independents made up 28 percent of voters in the early exit polls.
Black voter turnout was also down in 2010, with 10 percent of blacks voting compared to 13 percent in 2008. Eight percent of voters were Hispanic, with 66 voting Democrat.
Among women, votes were split evenly: 49 percent voted Democrat, with 48 percent voting Republican. In 2008, women voted largely Democratic; the 2010 numbers are more in line with the 2002 midterm numbers, where women were split 49-49 between the two parties. More men voted Republican than Democrat--55 percent of men voted for Republicans while 43 percent voted Democrat.
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