In the 2012 election Mitt Romney WON the 18 year old vote, WON the 19 year old vote and WON the 20 year vote. And the younger you are the more likely you are to vote for the Republican.
Via The Washington Post:
If we zero in even further on the youngest of the millennials in these polls — those who turned 18 during Obama’s first term — the potential challenges for Democrats become even clearer. Among self-reported voters who were 18 years old in 2012, Mitt Romney, not Obama, won the majority: 57 percent. Romney also won 59 percent among 19-year-olds, and 54 percent among 20-year-olds. These youngest voters of 2012 had entered the electorate in 2010-2012, when Obama’s popularity was much lower than the high point of his inauguration.2012 Election: Romney (GOP) % Obama (Democrat) % MARGIN:
18 Year Old 57% 43% Romney (GOP) +16%
19 Year Old 59% 41% Romney (GOP) +18%
20 Year Old 54% 46% Romney (GOP) + 8%
Need more facts? In the 2013 Virginia Governors Race Republican Ken Cuccinelli also WON the youth vote. The Exit Poll breakdown:
18 - 24 Year Old: (6% Total Vote):It will be interesting to see if the media picks up on the fact that demographically the youth vote is trending Republican.
Cuccinelli 45% (GOP)
McCauliffe 39% (Democrat)
Sarvis 6% (Libertarian)
Margin: Cuccinelli (GOP) +6%