The youngest voters appear to have boosted the oldest presidential candidate in U.S. history into the White House.
Biden will turn 78 on Nov. 20 and would become the oldest president. Next closest? Ronald Reagan, who left office at age 77.
The Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning and Engagement at Tufts University posted, “Our data revealed that more than 10 million youth cast early and absentee ballots. Young voters turned out at a higher rate than in recent elections: our analysis suggests that, based on votes counted as of midday Nov. 7, an estimated 49%-52% of young people participated in the election—and when all votes are counted (using this method and data available at this point) we project that youth voter turnout may be as high as 53-56%. Regardless of estimate methodology, our analysis shows that youth voter turnout is up compared to 2016.
Biden’s running mate, Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, 56, is from the first wave of Millennials. She was born on Oct. 20, 1964, weeks before what the Pew Research Center calls the start of the Gen X birth years. That makes her one of the oldest Millennials and sets up the very real possibility that we might never see a Gen Xer in the Oval Office.