by Barry Smith
Young Democrats in North Carolina are hoping to make an impact on the election this fall. Well aware of the advantage that President Barack Obama had among younger voters in 2008, the younger Democrats are gearing up to get their peers enthused about the 2012 election.
“We’ve seen a lot of enthusiasm from college students who will have a chance to vote for the president for the first time,” said Sam Spencer, president of the Young Democrats of North Carolina.
Spencer noted that 32 – or about 20 percent – of the members of the North Carolina delegation are young Democrats, defined as younger than 36. Nationwide, young Democrats make up a little more than 10 percent of the delegates to the Democratic National Convention, Spencer said.
Spencer noted that each of the delegates had to run for their posts at county and district conventions, and motivate others to vote for them.