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Santorum Surpasses Paul in Cumulative Youth Vote Count after Alabama and Mississippi Primaries

Through Super Tuesday Mitt Romney and Ron Paul were essentially tied in the cumulative number of youth votes they have received in the race for the 2012 Republican nomination.  However, with Rick Santorum’s win in yesterday’s Alabama and Mississippi primaries (he gained the highest percentage of votes overall and from youth), he has caught up and now surpassed Paul (by about 7,000 votes) in cumulative youth vote count (based on primaries where exit polls were done). The race for youth votes among the 2012 Republican candidates is represented below.

Despite Santorum’s win among young people in Alabama and Mississippi, Romney still continues to lead in terms of overall youth votes. Comparing his youth vote count in 2008 versus 2012, we find that Romney in 2012 has gained more votes at this point in the race compared to 2008 (by about 29,000 votes).[1] Though he has gained more support in 2012 than in 2008, Romney’s increase is only modest compared to that of Ron Paul.

Furthermore, in comparing the cumulative 2012 GOP youth vote count, the 2008 GOP youth vote count and the 2008 Democratic primary youth vote count, we find that the 2008 Democratic youth vote  count –up until this point – exceeds that of both the 2008 and 2012 GOP youth vote count.


[1] The 2008 Mississippi Republican primary occurred on March 11, 2008, after Senator John McCain had clinched the Republican nomination.

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    [...] Pennsylvania Senator has surpassed Ron Paul as the favorite among young GOP voters, according to cumulative vote tallies coming out of last Tuesday’s Mississippi and Alabama [...]

  2. Guy Manningham Says:

    Now if only Ron Paul and Newt Gingrich can take a hint and get out of the race to give Rick Santorum a shot at winning the nomination.

  3. Guy Wrongingham Says:

    @Guy Manningham. If you think Paul supporters would switch to Rick Santorum, you’re sorely mistaken. They’d rather write in Paul’s name than support that bigoted, hateful, war mongering tuft of froth.

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