American Voices: Candidates Want More than "Maybe" From the Youth Vote

The midterm elections potentially bring major victories for the Republican party, which was run out of town in the 2008 presidential election. Now that the tables are turned, the Democrats are scrambling to convince voters to support their candidates on November 2.

A key constituency for both parties is the youth vote, which made up 18 percent of the electorate in 2008 and helped catapult Barack Obama into the presidency.

A recent Rock the Vote survey found 34 percent of adults ages 18 to 29 favor the Democrats, compared with 28 percent for Republicans, with 36 percent not concerned about which party ends up controlling Congress.

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A CBS News-Knowledge Networks poll released Tuesday found that two-thirds of Obama voters in 2008 (67 percent), which included young voters, say they'll vote for one of his fellow Democrats in 2010. Eight percent of those voters say they will vote Republican this year, and 21 percent say it depends.

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As part of the CBS News series "American Voices," Katie Couric is traveling the U.S. to talk to voters about where they stand. This week she went to Boston to meet a group of young people: students Matthew Stern (Boston University), Amanda Boren (Harvard Business School) Kris Munden (Boston College) and Brittani Haywood (Emerson College). The group also included Adam Clay, a nurse.

Watch what these students have to say about the 2010 midterms tonight on the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric.
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