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About That Military Vote

I posted briefly on Monday about Peter Beinart’s op-ed “A Democratic Call to Arms“, where he bewailed Democrats’ weakness among military voters, contrasting that with Republicans’ alleged big success among black and Hispanic voters. I cast doubt in that post on Beinart’s claims for Republican success among minority voters.
Now here are some interesting data unearthed by Philip Klinkner of Hamilton College concerning the 2004 military vote. These data suggest that the situation for the Democrats among military voters may not be nearly so dire as Beinart claims.
From the 2004 National Election Survey data:
Military Experience
Bush 55-45
No Military Experience
Kerry 51-49
Military Family
Bush 50-50
Non-Military Family
Kerry 51-49