November 07, 2018
House Democrats Gain Ground with Retirees
In Dramatic Shift from 2014, 65+ Voters Favored Democratic House Candidates
Statement of Richard Fiesta, Executive Director of the Alliance for Retired Americans, following Tuesday’s midterm elections:
“Voters over the age of 50 rejected Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s mid-October pledge to cut Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security to pay for the deficit created by last year’s tax cuts for the wealthy.
“Older voters shifted their votes significantly toward House Democrats last night, with 49% voting for the Democrat for the House and 50% for Republicans, an increase of 13% over 2014, according to the national exit polls. Health care and protection for people with pre-existing conditions were clearly on the ballot, and older voters crossed traditional party lines to vote for candidates who would support them.
“The most engaged voting bloc in the months leading up to the election, comprising 56% of the mid-term electorate, was over the age of 50. For the last two years we’ve seen unprecedented political engagement by retirees, with more attending candidate events and rallies, contacting their representatives, and donating to candidates.
“Now we must go to work to bring drug prices down, expand Social Security and make health care more accessible and affordable.
“All elected officials should be on notice that retirees are watching their actions closely, and will vote for those who fight for them.”
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