By Morgan Chalfant
An Arkansas man has requested in his obituary that loved ones do not vote for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election, making him at least the third individual to do so since Clinton launched her campaign in April.
The obituary for Richard Buckman of Beebe, Ark., reads, “In lieu of flowers, please do not vote for Hillary,” mirroring text that was included in a recent obituary for a deceased New Jersey woman.
Buckman died on Aug. 22 at the age of 75, three days after news broke that the obituary for 63-year-old Elaine Fyrdrych of Gloucester Township, N.J., advised funeral goers, “Elaine requests, ‘In lieu of flowers, please do not vote for Hillary Clinton.’”
Indeed, such requests have become something of a trend. The obituary for a 81-year-old North Carolina man who died the day after Clinton launched her presidential campaign also asked loved ones to refrain from voting for the Democratic presidential candidate.
“The family respectfully asks that you do not vote for Hillary Clinton in 2016,” the obituary for Larry Darrell Upright read.
Upright’s daughter told ABC News than she had penned the line, explaining, “He was very passionate about politics and probably passed a little of that on, so it was natural for me to think about that.”
Indeed, Clinton, who denotes herself “grandma” on Twitter, may have a problem among older voters. A CNN/ORC poll released earlier this month indicated that registered voters age 50 and older have a significantly less favorable opinion of Clinton than their younger counterparts, with 39 percent of the older crowd viewing her favorably and 60 percent unfavorably. Among voters under 50, Clinton has a favorable rating of 48 percent.
Where Clinton does have support among elder Democrats, though, is in New Hampshire. She is currently losing to challenger Bernie Sanders among likely Democratic primary voters in the state in every demographic except those age 65 years or older.