By Pete Seat
Young Americans carried Barack Obama across the finish line in 2008 and, according to recent polls, they could do it again this year unless appealed to in the right way by the right messenger.
Ask almost any political observer and they will tell you the race is tight. Obama leads or trails Mitt Romney within the margin of error in most polls, signaling a potential photo finish on November 6th. But hidden deep within the data are a set of numbers that should give Republicans panic, pause and finally comfort.
First, the panic. Among Americans aged 18 to 34 in a recent CNN poll, 73 percent plan to vote for Obama compared to just 25 percent for Romney.
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