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Those missing Democratic voters

By Phil Lawler (bio - articles ) | Jun 28, 2004

Here's an original and intriguing article from the Opinion Journal.

You've heard the argument that Democrats lose votes because of their support for abortion. Here the argument is made in a new and arresting form.

Demographic data suggest that among American voters between the ages of 18 and 31, the Democrats enjoy a clear voting advantage. But several million potential voters in that age category-- more than enough to swing a national election-- won't turn up on Election Day.

You see, those potential Democratic voters were aborted.

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at See full bio.

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  • Posted by: extremeCatholic - Jun. 29, 2004 10:26 AM ET USA

    I hate to dash hopes here, but contraception is an apolitical eliminator of voters and has a much bigger impact than abortion. But the real demographic shift is from non-Hispanic whtes (tending to vote Republican) towards immigrants from all nations who vote for Democrats overwhelmingly.

  • Posted by: - Jun. 29, 2004 8:15 AM ET USA

    This may be enough to swing a national election, and I think it did swing Maryland's last gubernatorial election. Maryland now has the first Republican governor since Spiro Agnew left office. And Maryland shows up demographically as a Democratic state. Some think the abortion of children of liberals since 1973 (the election was in 1974) left a hole in the ranks of liberal voters 20 years old and younger.