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Vets heart Mitt: Romney enjoys big advantage over Obama among veterans

Published: Monday, May 28 2012 4:09 p.m. MDT

Carlos Osorio, File, Associated Press

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The 13 percent of American adults who are military veterans strongly prefer Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney over President Barack Obama, a new poll shows.

On Memorial Day, Gallup released polling data that credits Romney with a 56-34 lead over Obama among voters who served in the U.S. military.

"Obama and Romney are tied overall at 46 percent apiece among all registered voters in this sample," Gallup's Frank Newport summarized. "Men give Romney an eight-point edge, while women opt for Obama over Romney by seven points. It turns out that the male skew for Romney is driven almost entirely by veterans. Romney leads by one point among nonveteran men, contrasted with the 28-point edge Romney receives among male veterans."

The conservative website American Thinker's Rick Moran blogged Monday about the significance of this new polling: "Romney's lead among veterans is age driven; younger vets are more likely to support Obama while older vets support Romney. That's good news for the Mittster: Older voters are more likely to vote than younger ones. … With Romney's huge margin, it's safe to say that the veterans will be an important part of any winning Romney coalition."

On a day when the mainstream media focused on the voting preferences of veterans, ABC News' Matt Negrin penned an article with the headline, "Vying for Commander-in-Chief: 2 Men Who Never Served."

"For the first time since 1944," Negrin wrote, "the two primary candidates for president have no military background. … It has been more than six decades since a presidential election didn't involve a veteran. Sen. John McCain was a prisoner of war as a Navy aviator; former President George W. Bush was in the Air National Guard and Sen. John Kerry served in Vietnam; Al Gore was in the Army; Bill Clinton never served but Bob Dole did; and every president from George H.W. Bush to Harry Truman was in a branch of the military.

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