Democratic Hopefuls To Campaign For College Votes

February 8, 2008

Virginia's primary takes place Tuesday, but both democratic candidates already have plans to make campaign appearances across the state over the next few days.

Senator Hillary Clinton is scheduled to speak to Professor Larry Sabato's American Politics class at the University of Virginia on Monday and there's rumors around that Barack Obama could be making a stop of his own.

Both Clinton and Obama are rallying for Virginia's young voters.

Political experts say there is an added focus on young voters for the 2008 campaign because candidates have room for growth with young voters.

Both hopefuls have used young volunteers and staff members who have really been able to identify with college voters.

"If you can tune in young people, get them really engaged in either a candidate or an issue, or a set of issues, you stand a good chance of getting them to turn out and that can really help one individual or the other especially in a close race," said Matt Smyth with the UVA Center for Politics.

Historically young voters have had some of the lowest voter turn out, but that has changed so far this campaign season.


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