Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., visits outside a polling location at Warren E. Bow Elementary School in Detroit, Tuesday, March 10, 2020. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
The left pulls out all the stops when it comes to getting young voters to the polls, yet it would appear that young Democrat voters aren’t getting out and voting despite all their talk of revolution and promotion of socialism.
As Joseph Curl wrote at the Daily Wire, the youth vote that Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders was relying on to carry him into the general has left him high and dry:
Super Tuesday was anything but super.
“According to results from the NBC News exit poll released at around 5 p.m. EST on Tuesday — two hours before the first poll closings in eastern states — only 13% of Democratic voters in the Super Tuesday primaries are between the ages of 18 and 29. That is 10 percentage points fewer than the second-least likely voters — the 30-44 age group, which made up 23% of Tuesday’s electorate,” wrote Jonathan Vankin at the Inquisitr.
Voters between the ages of 45 and 64, meanwhile, came in at 35% while voters 65 years old and older hit 29%. Combined, that’s nearly five times as many voters 45+ than 18-29.
Sanders has even confessed to being unable to get the youth out as Curl mentions:
“The revolution that Bernie Sanders is promising depends on a new wave of young voters showing up at the polls to propel his campaign,” NPR said. “But this week, the Vermont senator acknowledged that those voters, on which his success to some degree hinges, have not shown up in the way he’d hoped.”
“Have we been as successful as I would hope in bringing young people in? The answer is no,” Sanders told reporters at a news conference at his Burlington, Vermont, headquarters. “I think that will change in the general election. But I will be honest with you, we have not done as well with bringing young people into the process. It is not easy.”
The youth vote has always been notoriously flaky when it comes to getting out and voting for a candidate. When push comes to shove, young voters tend to stay home with the only exception being the 2008 election when 66 percent of the voters between 18-29 actually came out to vote for then-candidate Barack Obama.
Sanders has attempted to do everything it took to energize the youth vote, including getting New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez as one of his backers, as well as putting on concerts featuring bands like “The Strokes.” Despite all this, it would appear that either the Sanders youth vote isn’t as energized as he thought, or the youth vote isn’t as gung-ho for Sanders as he hoped.