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Election 2010: Revenge of the Grannies

 
 
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Last night, older, whiter Americans told the rest of us to get the Hell off of their lawn, and today we have the biggest GOP margin in the House in a generation.

According to the exit polls, voters aged 18-29 made up 18 percent of the electorate in 2008, sweeping Obama and the Dems into power. They made up a larger share of the electorate than those over 65 -- older folks cast 16 percent of the votes. Last night turned those numbers on their head, with the kids making up just 11 percent of the vote and a whopping 23 percent being 65 years or older.

Young voters, staying home to nurse their ironic PBRs, simply returned to form -- they made up 12 percent of the vote in the last mid-term election in 2006.

The electorate was also, unsurprisingly, whiter this year than it was during the last go-around. In 2008, the electorate was 74 percent white, 13 percent black and 9 percent Latino. Last night, the numbers were 78 percent, 10 percent and 8 percent, respectively.

The economy was the most important issue facing the country, according to 62 percent of those polled. More people blamed Wall Street (35 percent) and George W Bush (30 percent) than Obama (23 percent). The Dems actually earned a narrow victory (50-48) among those who had a member of their household who lost a job in the past two years. But, tellingly, the GOP won by 14 points (56-42) among those who saw Wall Street as the culprit.

 

 

AlterNet / By Joshua Holland

Posted at November 3, 2010, 5:16am