ISSUES'72: The Young: Turning Out


NIXON made two fantastic tactical blunders—he approved the 18-year-old vote and the new registration provisions," happily declared Fred Dutton, one of George McGovern's key strategists, last spring. Those moves, Dutton reasoned, would enable McGovern to pick up a net gain of some 13 million youthful voters over the Republicans and provide the margin of victory against Richard Nixon in November. Last week Dutton and the entire McGovern campaign received another rude jolt from the polls. George Gallup reported that those millions of young voters actually favor the re-election of President Nixon...

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