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.