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People age 50 and older are largest voting bloc. Here are their top issues

Coverage of aging is supported in part by AARP Arizona

Arizona voters ages 50 and older are the largest voting bloc in the state and the country. A new poll from AARP looked at the top issues for this group.

According to pollster Bob Ward with Fabrizio Ward, "78% of Arizona voters 50 plus say that Social Security will be either a very or extremely important issue."

Also, "47% say it’s an extremely important issue. So that's a lot of Arizona voters, you know, who put a high importance on the issue of Social Security."

Ward says among those who do, former President Donald Trump is leading President Joe Biden by 9 points. 

Meanwhile, 68% of older Arizonans say the country is headed in the wrong direction. Other top issues for older Arizona voters include immigration and border security.

Biden campaign launches outreach to older voters with bingo, pickleball

First lady Jill Biden is kicking off her husband's outreach to older voters, an effort that will blend rallies and phone banks with social events like bingo nights and pickleball games.

While President Joe Biden is in Italy attending the Group of Seven summit, the first lady will travel to four swing states to launch the Seniors for Biden-Harris effort. Older adults are more likely than the average American to vote, and they make up larger shares of the population in some key swing states. Biden, who outperformed previous Democrats with the demographic in 2020, is looking to expand on the gains as his campaign seeks to maximize its chances of defeating former President Donald Trump, the Republican presumptive nominee.

Jill Biden's travels will take her to Green Bay, Wisconsin; Duluth, Minnesota; Reno, Nevada; and Phoenix, the campaign said. While her events will feel like traditional rallies, the campaign also plans to use pickleball events and bingo nights to motivate older voters and keep them activated to help the campaign heading into November.

“Seniors are such a critical part of our coalition, and it is vitally important that we engage them this election cycle because they know President Biden is the only candidate in this race fighting for lower prescription drug and health care costs and to protect and safeguard Medicare and Social Security,” Biden campaign manager Julia Chavez Rodriguez said. "Dr. Biden is both a trusted voice for seniors speaking to the issues that matter most to them and a galvanizing force to activate our supporters ahead of the election.”