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Politics Northwest

The Seattle Times political team explores national, state and local politics.

October 29, 2012 at 6:00 AM

Monday briefing: Younger voters, undecided voters, Michelle in 2016

First Lady Michelle Obama

Good Morning:

Younger voters: The Economist has a good take on younger voters, basically folks under 30. This piece offers a not-so-wild prediction. Younger voters may be living in their parents’ basements. They may have a higher unemployment rate than anybody anticipated in the 2008 presidential election. President Obama’s star has faded in their eyes somewhat, but he is still their guy. ┬áNot as many of these voters will participate or with the same level of enthusiasm as they did four years ago, but they still favor Obama over Mitt Romney by a sizable percentage. The question, though, is how do these voters feel in the swing states? It’s a little closer there.

Undecided voters: Peter Callaghan of The News Tribune had a funny column about undecided voters. Time is almost up for these folks. Undecideds have to become deciders — or no-shows. Just a bit over one week to go. Today, Monday, is the last chance for first-time voters to register in-person at county elections offices.

2016 race is not that far away: Well, you knew the question would come up. President Obama was asked over the weekend in New Hampshire, what about Michelle Obama? What about her running for president in 2016? Obama just laughed. Perhaps no other response would work.

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