Former Vice President Joseph Biden won Michigan’s primary election Tuesday, receiving the most votes in every county with a total of 838,564 votes worth 72 delegates, compared to the 576,916 votes worth 52 delegates won by fellow Democratic front runner and senator of Vermont, Bernie Sanders.
According to exit polls, the difference between Sanders and Biden voters is the result of a generational divide.
According to the New York Times’ preliminary estimates based exit polls, Biden won 66% of voters aged 45+, while Sanders won 64% of voters aged 18-44. By breaking down these two categories further it is even easier to see just where this divide exists. Biden won an impressive 73% of voters aged 65+, while Sanders won a staggering 77% of voters aged 18-29.
It would appear that Sanders’s campaign promises of free college with student loan forgiveness and Medicare for All has won over the age group (18-29) with the largest share of student loan debt and the highest percentage of people who are uninsured for healthcare, while failing to win over the age group (65+) who have the smallest share of student loan debt and already have access to Medicare.