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Subliminal, Online Voters: Super Tuesday Watch Out!

Friday, February 1st, 2008

HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA –- After tonight’s debate at the Kodak Theater, people (and CNN) kept talking about an Obama-Hillary or Hillary-Obama combo ticket. I don’t know if that is the case… either way the notion will be swamping the airwaves until the 5th thanks to Wolf.

More important, is that we are watching history, and because of that, people of all creeds and colors what to be a part of the action. They want to campaign, they want to caucus, they want to vote, they want a voice, and they want the Country to change its course.

Who knows what ‘Super Tuesday’ has in store for us and the candidates? If the previous contests are any indication, we will see record-breaking turnout in most, if not all, of the states. Before this election cycle, Iowa’s turnout peaked at 6.8%. This year it was 16.4%. The same astounding increase was true for New Hampshire, Nevada, and South Carolina. Here are the stats.

Youth voters play a crucial role in this increase and new excitement surrounding the political scene. The one tool pervasive to all young people–and older people as well–is the Internet. As I was sitting, doing my work in the debate filing room, a German reporter interviewed me about the Internet’s impact on this election. The foreign press often asks such questions about our elections. In New Hampshire, Jacob was interviewed by CNN Spain on the same topic. The Internet is changing politics and getting young people, who otherwise may not have voted, to the polls. The proof is in the pudding as many of this year’s debates have been co-sponsored by blogs and social networks.

Roughly 80% of Americans are unsatisfied with traditional political news coverage, and so they have signed online. In New Hampshire, hundreds of thousands of Facebookers were using the US Election application to stream live comments and polls during the debate. I don’t know the metrics, but tonight’s debate was co-sponsored by Politico, and their user’s questions were directed to the candidates à la the CNN/YouTube debate.

This bodes well for the young who are both politically minded and not yet hooked. Interstitial debates are becoming the norm, subliminally people are paying attention, and perhaps we can bridge the gap between DC politics and young American sentiment – after all, we are the ones with the most at stake.

One Response to “Subliminal, Online Voters: Super Tuesday Watch Out!”

  1. Cody Cooper Says:

    Barnett, Kudos to the candidates for tonight’s trenchant and civil exchange. And to you and Jacob also, for reflecting so accurately the excitement and pulse of this election contest. It is also quite clear that the dynamics of attracting ever-increasing numbers of young voters are important to preserve, and that Why Tuesday? can help with that. Thanks for a fine report…keep us posted.

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