According to many pundits, the 2012 presidential election was won with the youth vote. Had Gov. Romney managed to sway more voters in the 18-29 age bracket, these analysts say, he may have been able to flip key states like Florida, Virginia, and Ohio—which could have been the difference between the White House and the resounding defeat he faced in early November. Some say that the Republican party has simply lost touch with the younger generation. While there may be some merit to this claim, really understanding what it means—its roots, its manifestations, and its causes—is essential to projecting fiscal policy and lawmaking over the next generation.
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