by Michael Hoffman @ BusinessInsider.com absentee voting military army soldiers The military has failed to bubble up as a key topic in this years election, but that hasnt kept media outlets from trying to predict who the troops will vote for in this Novembers presidential election. Military Times has come forth and declared that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney holds a 21 lead over President Obama in this Novembers election. The Open Secrets blog by the Center for Responsible Politics has written about how military members have donated more money to Obama than Romneyeven donating more to one of Romneys former Republican opponents, Rand Paul. The military has traditionally voted Republican for decades. Any polls showing the troops would vote otherwise come as a surprise. Open Secrets did find that Obama received more campaign donations from troops than Romney$536,414 to $287,435. What was even more surprising was the type of support Paul received. The candidate who said he was opposed deploying U.S. forces to Afghanistan collected $399,274 from troops Military Times issued an e-mail to its subscribers who are mostly made up of active duty, Guard and Reserve troops. The responses came from mostly NCOs and mid-grade officers. About 75 percent of the 3,100 responses they received came from troops in grades E-5 to E-8 or O-3 to O-5. The article didnt specify how many responses they received from troops E-4 and below, the grades that make up the majority of the military. The e-mail poll also found out the respondents didnt rank national security high on their lists of what they cared about for the forthcoming election. Less than 16 percent said national security was their top concern in the race. And only 1 percent of respondents said the war in Afghanistan was their top concern. Comparatively, 66 percent said the economy is the top issue driving their vote. Despite these reports by Military Times and Open Secrets, the way the military vote is leaning hasnt received much attention from the national media. That might have a lot to do with the fact the military is not being talked about in this election compared to the last two. The candidates will have another chance Tuesday night to distinguish their national security priorities in the debate, although its not expected to be a popular topic outside the controversial events in Benghazi. Its clear from Military Times poll, the older troops dont even find the military topic pressing compared to the economy.