WILBERFORCE, Ohio (WDTN) – The Republican National Committee (RNC) is reaching out to young people in critically important states, including here in Ohio.
Wednesday, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus stopped at Central State University (CSU) as part of a nationwide listening tour throughout college campuses.
18 to 29-year-olds make up about 21 percent of voters.
The RNC Chairman told 2 NEWS those voters are critical, enough to spend more than $10 million dollars to reach them at places like historically black universities and colleges (HBCUs), such as Central State.
The event also celebrated the launch of the HBCUs’ first College Republicans chapter.
In a lunchtime Q&A, students voiced their concerns, from increasingly high tuition rates to job opportunities after graduation.
Priebus hopes that this type of outreach will highlight the party’s initiative to address their issues.
He also believes it will help grow the party in Ohio and the nation.
2 NEWS asked, “How important is it to have this demographic of young, minority students to win key seats, especially here in Ohio?”
The second term chairman said, “It’s really important, we’ve got to do much better than what we’re doing. I mean we can’t continue to resonate with 8 percent, 10 percent of the African Americans vote, it’s just unsustainable for our party.”
CSU College Republican President Austin Harris agrees.
He believes the vision and leadership of the Republican party is something all college students can relate to.
“We need diverse opinions. We need the input of all Americans, not just the majority of Americans,’ said the computer science major.
The newly minted chapter has enrolled 5 members to the organization and hopes to grow throughout the semester.