USA Today - March 4, 2020
"At a news conference Wednesday in Vermont, Sanders acknowledged the difficulty of convincing young voters to show up and vote."
WASHINGTON – Young voters cheer Bernie Sanders' anti-establishment message. They turn out in throngs at his rallies. And they form the core of his grassroots efforts to win the Democratic presidential nomination.
But their fiery passion did not translate into the robust turnout he needed on Super Tuesday to win a number of key states, notably in the South where a strong showing by Joe Biden has made the nomination contest a two-person race, especially now that former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has dropped out of the race and endorsed Biden.
Exit polls for several states Biden won, including Massachusetts, Texas and several southern states that helped catapult the former vice president into front-runner status, found that while more young voters went to the polls this election cycle, they did not show up at the rate they did in 2016.
At a news conference Wednesday in Vermont, Sanders acknowledged the difficulty of convincing young voters to show up and vote.
"Have we been as successful as I would hope in bringing in young people in? And the answer is 'no'," he said.
"We’re making some progress but historically everybody knows that young people do not vote in the kind of numbers that older people vote," he said. "I think that will change in the general election. But to be honest with you, we have not done as well in bringing young people into the process. It is not easy." ...
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