Bernie Sanders is literally crushing Obama’s prior record in one demographic – and, in fact, it’s the main energizing factor that has propelled his entire campaign. In a comparison of 25 states, by landslide proportions, Sanders is winning the youth vote, and has now bypassed Barak Obama’s 2008 Democratic primary totals among young people, according to a new analysis from Tufts University.
In 2008 Obama beat Hillary Clinton 60 to 35 points among voters under 30, gaining 2.2 million youth votes during the entire primary. So far, just in the 25 states that could be compared, Sanders is now beating Clinton 71 to 28 points, with 2.4 million votes already. California hasn’t even voted yet.
Below is a chart released Wednesday by Princeton professor Matt Karp, showing where Sanders beat Obama’s previous record in 15 of 20 states.
At least 25 percent of Sanders’ voters are young people under 30, and he has won 9.9 million votes overall in the primaries so far. By comparison, less than 10 percent of Clinton’s primary votes have come from young voters.
Tufts said youth voter turnout more than doubled in 2008, over the 2000 election, and 2016 is set to surpass the 2008 record, suggesting that Sanders is likely the most popular primary candidate among young voters of the century. On the other side, Republicans have seen a consistent DECLINE among young voters in the presidential primaries.
Sanders, a self-described “democratic socialist,” is most likely NOT going to win the primary nomination, says Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg, who compiled the Tufts report, but the young people are not deterred, continuing to vote for him in record numbers in almost every state.
Young Americans have powered Sanders’ insurgency, and his proposal of tuition-free college for all has been one of the key drawing cards of his campaign, pulling in the youth vote in historic numbers.