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In-Depth: The Most Underrated Voters, But Perhaps the Most Influential

September 14, 2018 07:47 PM

(ABC 6 News)—When it comes to who is still undecided with their votes, it just happens to be one of the most influential groups for the November elections.

The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) released a poll on Friday showing candidates in the running for top level seats will need to make sure they don’t forget the 50+ age group voters.

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19 percent of the 800 voters surveyed were undecided in the gubernatorial election. 21 percent were undecided in the open U.S. Senate race.

“It is the biggest voting block year in and year out,” said State Director Will Phillips. “They need to be more paid attention to.”

Given their historically large turnout percentages in off-year elections, these undecided older voters will likely decide who represents Minnesota at the highest levels of government.

“I’m not sure candidates have done what they need to do in terms of talking about and addressing issues like social security and Medicare,” said Phillips.

Phillips also said, “I think there’s a high-level frustration that the government isn’t getting things done.”

Minnesota elections will be held on Nov. 6.

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