Following a series of tight election results nationwide, Evan Feinberg, president of Generation Opportunity, and U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall, a Republican from Georgia, sat down on Monday to discuss why the Republican Party appeals to youth voters — providing specific analysis of North Carolina's election results.
David Pasch, spokesman for Generation Opportunity, a Washington, D.C.-based conservative youth advocacy group, blogged Nov. 5 that aside from results in Arkansas, youth voters aged 18 to 24 were more likely to support the Republican Party than voters aged 25 to 29.
The organization also reported Hagan winning the youth vote 53 to 39 percent, in comparison with the 71 to 24 percent breakdown in her first Senate election in 2008.
“This confirms a trend we observed in 2012 and 2013: first time voters who supported Barack Obama in 2008 have been somewhat loyal to his party, while their younger siblings and those who came of voting age during the Obama presidency have largely turned away from Democrats in the face of crippling student loan and the highest sustained youth unemployment levels since World War II,” Pasch wrote in the post.
Kathryn Walker, president of the UNC College Republicans, attributed Republican successes among youth to the overall ideology of the party, as well as student opposition to Democrats' view of healthcare.