Republican voters also are showing less interest this time around, at least so far. According to a study by the Bipartisan Policy Center, 11.5 percent of eligible voters turned out for the GOP primaries through Super Tuesday, compared with 13.2 percent in 2008. Looking at just older GOP voters suggests that they aren’t responsible for the drop.
Of 19 states where exit polls were conducted in both 2008 and this year, 15 showed an increase in the percentage of 50-and-older voters, and in two more — where the exit-poll results were divided among age groups below and above 45 — the share of 45-and-older voters increased as well.
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