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The Senior Citizen Sweep

Exit polls showed Obama's unpopularity created a drag on the Democrats in Senate races.
relates to The Senior Citizen Sweep
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The Barack Obama coalition stayed home.

The demographic mix of young, minority and women voters that twice helped elect Obama to the White House never was going to be as robust in a midterm election  Yet the fall-off from the level of support the president enjoyed just two years ago was a major factor in the Democratic loss of the Senate.