The Millennials are here to stay, and they are making their power known during this election cycle.
According to a recent study conducted by the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE) at Tufts University, Millennials will have and will continue to have a huge impact on the caucuses, primaries and the general election in November. They will affect the outcome in 10 key states, including the swing state of Virginia.
Millennials - those born between 1982 and 2000 - are numbered at an estimated 83.1 million nationwide. They are now the largest generation in the country and equal in voting power to Baby Boomers for the first time ever. In 2008, during the Obama, McCain presidential election, 49% of 18- to 24-year-old eligible voters went to the polls, up from 47% from the earlier presidential election.
In Virginia, 1.2 million young people who were eligible to vote in the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections did so in greater numbers than other young voters nationwide. And here is the kicker: among Virginians who are younger than 30, 19 percent have at least one parent who was born outside the United States. So the bottom line, if you give them a reason to vote, they will.