Clinton, Obama target younger voters

April 7, 2008 9:21:17 PM PDT
Two democratic presidential candidates are targeting younger voters in the Triangle, even teenagers who are not old enough to vote.

Students have been involved in both campaigns, but for the Obama camp, the push will spill over to high school students.

"We've had 119 newly registered voters today," NC State student, Ryan Mills said. "Students talking to each other are going to be more effective than necessarily having someone come in from out the state."

It is all a part of Obama's Carolina change campaign announced this week to urge voters of all ages, specifically high-schoolers who are 17-years-old.

"17 Meaning currently 17, but will be 18-years-old by election day November 4th," Mills said.

The top five high schoolers who register the most will get to meet the candidate himself.

Although Hillary Clinton has visited colleges like Wake Tech her tactics differ.

She is asking North Carolinians to interact with her new ad via ncaskme.com with specific questions about her campaign.

"We've already had over 5,000 emails from people all across the state," said Jason Lindsay, a Volunteer Clinton supporter.

Lindsay says responses have come from middle and high schoolers to senior citizens.

The State Board of Elections says nearly 75,000 new democratic voters registered statewide between the first of the year and the first of April. Most are younger than 40.

The deadline to sign up to vote in the primary is Friday.

Clinton's campaign plans to kick off a phone bank Tuesday to answer questions encouraged be her advertisement.


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