Black Voter Turnout in Presidential Election Highest Ever
The 2012 Presidential election had a lot of surprises. One of the major ones being the election day turnout. While most polls had Obama as the slight favorite to win, it was always assumed that his victory would be with a small margin. But when he won with over 4 million popular votes, it sent the Republican party back to the drawing board.
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The election is behind us but it looks like its still making history. According to data collected in the U.S. Census, the 2012 election saw a higher voter turnout in voting eligible African Americans than Non Hispanic White Americans.
“In all, about 66.2 percent of eligible black voters cast ballots in 2012, up from 64.7 percent in 2008, according to census data. That compares with non-Hispanic white turnout of 64.1 percent, which fell from 66.1 percent four years earlier”.
Though Presidential Elections tend to bring out higher voter turnouts, many people who voted in 2008 for President Obama had remained inactive this time around after mounting frustrations with both parties. If these voting trends continue and the Republican party is unable to repair its fractured relationship with the Black community. They may have trouble finding another Republican in the White House for quite some time.
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