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.

– Alliance for Retired Americans

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