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10 States Where Millennials Could Sway the Election

In February of this year, NPR released a report to answer the perennial question: do young people matter in politics?

In terms of sheer mass, the answer should be yes: as of 2016, millennials (born between 1982-2000) are the largest generation in the country (83 million). Yet they’re a generation notorious for non-participation: in 2014, they had the lowest voter turnout of any age group.

In 2008, millennials are credited with swinging the election in Obama’s favor, with 50% voter turnout and heavy preference for Obama. However, that number dropped in 2012, and some believe that millennials are simply disengaged from politics and won’t turn out.

Here are 10 states where millennials can truly impact election results by turning out:
  1. Nevada
  2. North Carolina
  3. Florida
  4. Virginia
  5. Wisconsin
  6. Colorado
  7. Ohio
  8. Pennsylvania
  9. New Hampshire
  10. Iowa
The key issue will be, can campaigns reach millennials in order to get them to the polls? This generation is notoriously moving away from television and is getting the majority of their media from social media and online video – in fact, YouTube reaches more 18-49 year olds in America than any US cable network.

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