(Los Angeles, California)
I have been writing a series of vignettes on some of the people I met and spoke with in Los Angeles.
Jenny Tsai is 30, Asian-American, and works for a corporation in Santa Monica. To her the economic downturn and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan weighed heavily this year. “I think, more than anything, I just wanted a change,” Tsai said. “All the people in my age demographic felt the same way about Obama.”
Some of the exit polling fleshed that out. People from age 18 to 29 voted almost exclusively for Obama. He took 72 percent of the youngest demographic, compared to 28 percent for John McCain. In fact, the only age group McCain won Tuesday was among people age 65 and older.
Obama communicated well with people via the internet. I received daily dispatches from his campaign and on some days multiple e-mails. He also got dialed into Bill and Hillary Clinton’s email list after she lost the nomination. The Internet phase of Obama’s campaign will serve as a case study. By comparison, the McCain campaign sent me just one e-mail in the past month. Republicans need to ramp up their high-tech pitches. They got out-hustled online.
It goes without saying that Obama’s speaking style really appealed to young and especially to first-time voters. Critics worry Obama may turn out to be style over substance - a good speaker, but not a leader. We’ll find out soon if idealism outweighs reality, or not!
Until then, many of Obama's young voters remain optimistic. “It’s exciting,” said Tsai.... “There’s a lot to look forward to.”
I understand some of my Los Angeles broadcasts are now posted on the web site for KTLA-TV5. Search for them at www.ktla.com.
I have a lot more election blogs coming soon. Check in often at www.MarkCurtisMedia.com.