Sunday, November 9, 2014

Jennifer Oliver OConnell - Was the “Black Vote” instrumental in the Republican victory

"Dani McClain of The Nation rejects claims that the total rout suffered by the Democrats on November 4 had anything to do with a lack of Black voter turnout.

“One place you can’t lay blame for the Democrats’ trouncing last night: at the feet of black voters. That demographic made up 12 percent of the vote last night, up 1 percent point from the 2010 midterms and on par with turnout in the 2008 presidential election.”

 She is right. NBC News points out that in North Carolina, a closely-watched race between Democrat Kay Hagan and Republican Thom Tillis, black voters made up 21 percent of the electorate, just 2 percentage points less than in 2012. Yet, Hagen still lost."

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