Election 'mania' missing on college campuses

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Posted: Sep 26, 2012 12:48 PM
Election 'mania' missing on college campuses

ELMHURST, Ill. (AP) — Remember "Obamamania?"

In 2008, college campuses were filled with campaign posters and political rallies — and frenzy.

This year, it's hard to find a college student truly excited about the presidential race.

Take Abraham Mulberry, a freshman at Elmhurst College in suburban Chicago. Mulberry says politics again has become "that thing you don't want to bring up." Mulberry is trying to start a club for young Democrats at his school.

Last election, the Elmhurst campus had an active Students for Obama chapter that organized well before the election. But this time, there's nary a campaign placard, for either President Barack Obama or Republican candidate Mitt Romney.

A disappointed Mulberry says the Nov. 6 election isn't the No. 1 hot-button issue at school.