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Presidential debates sparking political interest among millennials

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Dozens of students showed up to a watch party Wednesday night to learn about 10 Republican candidates running for president.

The Palm Beach Atlantic University’s College Republicans club hosted the second GOP Debate watch party.

"We got to narrow the field down to the people that actually want to represent us,” student Code Marsh said.

Marsh is a junior who’s getting involved early. He believes, the more millennials know, the better equipped they are to vote.

"We're voting now on the issues that are going to affect us the rest of our lives, and it's silly to give away our birth rite to the older generation,” Marsh said.

In 2012, the youth held the power in Florida, 61 percent of them voted for President Barack Obama.

"We're the ones that are going to be deciding this election,” Cassie Stanton said. “You know we're the millennials, the people that are stepping up."

"This generation has a lot of power just because of social media our ability to speak up and make opinions known,” Phillip Kalicharan said.

During the fall and spring, the club is arranging voter registration drives. They say there is a lot of interest here locally because of candidates they’ve known since they were teenagers.

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