If they vote, Millennials could pick president

Posted at 7:07 PM, Mar 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-02 10:29:58-05

Millennials are the demographic aged 33 and younger and they're the largest generation in the country right now, even outnumbering baby boomers. But can college aged students really determine who the next president will be? That's what NBC26 attempted to find out.

There are 83 million millennials in the United States today. But while they have the numbers to determine an election, political analysts say they tend not to turn out to the polls.

"Millennials will probably have the lowest turnout rate among the demographic age categories," says Michael Kraft a Political Analyst from UWGB.

But that's not to say candidates, aren't trying to appeal to millennials.

“It’s pretty clear that the candidates, particularly in the Democratic party are trying to appeal to the younger voters,” adds Kraft.

 Millennials like Anna Thompson, the College Democrats President at St.. Norbert College, know all too well the power the generational movement could have in the election.

"We're the people who are going to continue to vote you into office if you're a politician. We're the people who will grow with you and continue to be your base and supporters," says Thompson.

And while many millennials admit it's easy to feel like some candidates are out of touch with the today's youth, they still hope that the movement will show up to the polls.

"Let them know that we're a force to be reckoned with because that's what we are," adds Thompson.

Because with 83 million potential voters, this generation does have the ability to help determine our next president.

Wisconsin's primary election is coming up on April 5th. But we may have already established who are presidential candidates are before we ever get to the polls here in Wisconsin.