Memo to the GOP- Don’t nominate old men for President

This is my final post before going to bed. According to exit polls, John McCain’s age was a liability.

Race played less of a role in the presidential election than age, exit polls showed Tuesday.

While Barack Obama would be the nation’s first black president, John McCain would be the oldest person ever elected to the nation’s highest office. And twice as many of those polled Tuesday said age was an important factor in their vote as those who said race was.

Among those factoring age into their vote, 78 percent went for Obama to 21 percent for McCain, exit polls showed.

Those who said race was an important factor voted 55 percent to 44 percent in favor of Barack Obama. But Obama also was the winner by a similar margin among those who said race was not important, “which suggests that race was not a decisive factor in this election,” CNN senior political analyst Bill Schneider said.

I saw early on the similarities between McCain and Bob Dole who won the nomination in 1996. The electoral vote counts are going to be eerily similar but this time the Democrat will get a majority of the vote.

Hat tip- James Joyner at Outside the Beltway

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