VOT­ING VETS

The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics -

An­a­lysts quib­ble over whether mil­i­tary veter­ans vote pri­mar­ily Repub­li­can. The un­em­bel­lished num­bers sug­gest that they do. Ac­cord­ing to Na­tional Elec­tion Pool fi­nal exit polls, 59 per­cent of veter­ans voted Repub­li­can in both the 2014 con­gres­sional elec­tions and the 2012 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion, com­pared to the 39 per­cent who voted Demo­cratic in both elec­tions. In 2008, 54 per­cent voted for Sen. John McCain and Sarah Palin, 44 per­cent sup­ported then-Sens. Barack Obama and Joe Bi­den. In 2004, 57 per­cent voted for Pres­i­dent Ge­orge W. Bush and Vice Pres­i­dent Dick Cheney, 41 per­cent for Sens. John Kerry and John Ed­wards.

Last but cer­tainly not least, the vot­ing veter­ans ap­pear to be a fairly mo­ti­vated group. Out of the to­tal U.S. vet­eran pop­u­la­tion of 19.3 mil­lion, 14.7 voted in 2012, and 11.5 mil­lion in 2014, ac­cord­ing to the Cen­sus Bureau.

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