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Massachusetts College-Kids Went To Clinton

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In what became a relatively close battle, Sen. Hillary Clinton won the Massachusetts primary despite the fact that her rival, Sen. Barack Obama, had the support of state's governor and both Senators, including the beloved Ted Kennedy

Early consensus seems to hold that Clinton pulled of the win by securing the support of local politicians and executing an effective political ground game.

But the exit polls from MSNBC show something equally as telling. Among college-aged kids - 18 to 24 year-olds - Clinton was preferred by a margin of 52 percent to 42 percent.

That represents a striking contrast to other primaries, in which Obama has swept up the youth vote. In Iowa, polls had Obama beating Clinton among that same age group by a margin of 57 percent to 10 percent.

There is another interesting stat involving that age group: the turnout. In Massachusetts, 18-24 years olds made up only 6 percent of the exit polls, in Iowa they constituted 17 percent.