The Voice of Young Conservatives
To: College Republican ActivistsFrom: Zach Howell--ChairmanSubject:
College Republicans Significantly Bolster Youth Support in Key States
The 2010 elections brought about a huge turnaround in the youth vote- especially inthe battleground states and races that the CRNC focused on. It’s important that wequantify to you, our members, what impact the College Republican NationalCommittee had on the races we targeted. Below is a composite look at the 2008 and2010 elections, with an explanation of our efforts to bring young people back into theRepublican fold.FloridaCandidates that benefitted: Rick Scott, Marco Rubio, Cliff Stearns, John MicaCRNC Action: Five Field Representatives, Youth oriented TV advertisingRubio ran the best youth campaign outreach in the Florida. He won 36% of the 18-29demographic, and Crist won 33%. This means that nearly 70% of 18-29 year olds inFLA voted for a center-right candidate. McCain only won 37% of that demographic,which shows a nearly 33% bump in active young Republicans. A huge swing.OhioCandidates that benefitted from our ads: Kasich, Portman, Steve Stivers, Pat Tiberi,Steve Austria. All bordering districts stayed red, or flipped (as Kilroy was defeated.)CRNC Action: Eight Field Representatives, Youth oriented TV advertisingPortman ran an intense youth outreach program. Exit polls for 18-29 year oldsshowed that Portman gained 45%, with 6% undecided. McCain polled 35% amongst18-29 year olds in Ohio in 2008. A distinct gain amongst our targeted demographic.PennsylvaniaCandidates that benefitted: Tom Corbett, Pat Toomey, Glenn Thompson, Bill Shuster,Michael Fitzpatrick, Pat Meehan, Mike Kelly, Lou Barletta, and Tom Marino (All werevictorious)CRNC Action: Five Field Representatives, Youth oriented TV advertisingCorbett ran the best youth outreach program in the state. He received 45% of the 18-29 year old vote compared to McCain's 35% amongst that age group.