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The Democratic nomination race is not over yet, and I am not sure how I feel about this. The delegate counts are very close and it is clear that neither Hillary Clinton nor Barack Obama are ready to call it quits. As the nation waits for the fat lady to sing, it seems the excitement surrounding the Democratic National Convention is mounting.
On the one hand, many are happy to see the process of democracy continue, though superdelegates question the validity of such an assertion. Howard Dean has made is thoughts on the matter very clear, sighting the need for the Party's special delegates to affirm the voice of the people....which is not, at the moment, very clear.
Campaigns are spinning, pundits are pontificating, the candidates are on to the next state and Indiana and North Carolina are yesterdays headline. So who won? We did, the young voters. Voters under 30 made up 17% of the electorate in Indiana, while voters over 65 made up 15%. While African American voters get most of the credit for pushing Obama's numbers so high in North Carolina, in Indiana it was the youth that kept the numbers so tight.
What does this mean? It means that young people now have one of the biggest bargaining chips to dictate the conversations of the coming election. But there are a few things that we need to do to keep ourselves in the conversation.
First of all, if you haven't voted in The League of Young Voters and MoveOn's mock primary election on Facebook- do it now and contribute to the conversation before the primaries are over: http://apps.facebook.com/theleague
If you've listened to talk radio or watched the news in the last 12 hours, you'll know that a major story coming out of the Iowa caucuses is the increase in turnout- specifically among young people. The jury is still out about whether or not young caucusers were the linchpin in this contest but the argument is strong.