President Obama has raised far more money from military workers than Mitt Romney, reversing a long-standing trend of military personnel disproportionately supporting Republicans.
USA Today reports that Obama has a greater than 5 to 1 advantage in donations from people who work for the Department of Defense or one of four military branches, with Army employees contributing the bulk so far: Individuals employed by the Army have given $108,571 to Obama and $22,004 to Romney.
With Romney set to clinch the Republican nomination after Tuesday's primary in Texas, the 2012 election will be the first since 1944 in which neither candidate served in the military. In 2008, Republican presidential candidate John McCain, a Vietnam veteran who was a prisoner of war for over five years, won 55 percent of the veteran and military vote.
President Obama is already well on his way to fulfilling his campaign promise of withdrawing American troops from Iraq, and he has begun the long process of doing the same in Afghanistan (although a strategic partnership agreement could see American forces remain for years in a supplementary role). He also signed an extension of the GI Bill's education benefits so they cover veterans who have served since Sept. 11, 2001, and pushed for a bill aimed at getting unemployed veterans back to work.