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In November, Will Age Matter?

by Andrew Kohut, President, Pew Research Center
Special to the New York Times

As John McCain comes ever closer to securing the Republican nomination, his age has remained notably absent as a campaign issue. So far it has attracted so little attention that the network exit pollsters have not included even one question on the subject in 23 state surveys – an extraordinary occurrence given that Senator McCain would be the oldest man ever to take office, if he were to win the presidency.

Other polling data exists, however, that strongly suggests that the Arizona senator’s age could become a big issue for him in the general campaign.

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