Joe Biden is leading in most Democratic presidential primary polls, and he has one group in particular to thank: older voters. In one recent Iowa poll, 31 percent of seniors supported him compared with a minuscule 2 percent of voters younger than 30. The Washington Post’s James Downie has labeled this generation gap as “the most important divide among Democratic voters.”

The good news for Biden? This gap works to his advantage in the primary. But there’s bad news, too: It may cost him in the general election if he becomes the nominee. To understand this, Biden can look to the experience of Hillary Clinton when she was the Democratic nominee in the last presidential election.

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