By Henry Decker

Record African-American Turnout Powered Obama To Re-Election

November 13, 2012 7:22 am Category: Memo Pad 103 Comments A+ / A-
Record African-American Turnout Powered Obama To Re-Election

Republicans have actively antagonized African-Americans throughout the 2012 campaign, and they paid a hefty price for their divisive politics on election night. According to exit polls, black voters turned out in record numbers for President Barack Obama, playing a crucial role in re-electing America’s first black president.

African-Americans comprised 13 percent of the electorate in 2012, up from 11 percent in 2008. President Obama dominated this demographic, winning 93 percent of black voters nationally, while Mitt Romney won only 6 percent.

That trend was magnified in the swing states. In Ohio, black voters were 15 percent of the electorate — up from 11 percent in 2008 — and Obama won 96 percent of them. In Wisconsin, 7 percent of voters were black — up from 5 percent in 2008 — and Obama won 94 percent. In Florida, Pennsylvania, and Virginia, the percentage of black voters matched 2008 (despite an increased number of white and Latino voters,) and Obama ran up huge margins of 95 percent, 93 percent, and 93 percent respectively.

Overall, it’s not a stretch to declare that black voters were the key to Obama’s success. As Charles Blow put it in The New York Times, “Without the Democratic black vote joining with that of liberal whites and Hispanics… Obama would likely have lost half the states that he won.”

Obama’s overwhelming support among the black community is not hard to figure out. While African-Americans are historically the Democratic party’s most reliable constituency — and many in the community feel a special connection to the bi-racial Obama — the Republican party surely drove any undecideds into the Democratic camp by actively antagonizing the black community throughout the campaign.

From Mitt Romney’s widely derided, antagonistic speech to the NAACP, to his reliance on bigoted surrogates like John Sununu and Donald Trump, to his flagrantly false ad campaign invoking well-known dog whistles about welfare reform, to the Republican party’s transparent attempts to discourage minorities from voting through “voter ID” laws, the GOP was disturbingly comfortable with using racial politics to build an elderly, white coalition in 2012.

The voter suppression laws were especially egregious. The laws were clearly targeted at minority voters, a fact that some Republicans didn’t even try to hide. Former Florida Republican Party chairman Jim Greer, for example, admitted under oath that “political consultants and staff were talking about voter suppression and keeping blacks from voting,” and added that party officials discussed how “minority outreach programs were not fit for the Republican Party.”

Ironically, scare tactics such as the menacing billboards that went up in black neighborhoods in Cleveland ultimately backfired, increasing black voters’ motivation to get to the polls. As Latino Decisions co-founder Matt Barreto told The Nation‘s Ari Berman, “There were huge organizing efforts in the black, Hispanic and Asian community, more than there would’ve been, as a direct result of the voter suppression efforts.”

Although the Republican Party has acknowledged that it must do more to attract Latino voters — promising to re-examine its hardline stance on immigration reform, among other gestures — for some reason it has so far made no such overtures to the black community. Instead, the right seems to be throwing its hands up and deciding that — as Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly put it on election night — “it’s not a traditional America anymore” because 50 percent of voters “want stuff. They want things. And who is going to give them things? President Obama.”

The Republican Party is making a political mistake by writing off the black community. While the one-time party of Lincoln will not win a significant number of black voters in the near future, even a small improvement could have a huge impact. In 2004, George W. Bush won 13 percent of black voters in Florida, and 16 percent in Ohio and Pennsylvania. If Romney had matched those percentages in 2012, he would be the president-elect right now.

As long as the GOP’s outreach to black voters continues to boil down to lectures on how paychecks are better than food stamps, however, the party’s appeal will be confined to older, white voters — a group that can no longer deliver electoral victory on its own, as Romney has learned the hard way.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/dominick.vila.1 Dominick Vila

    I expect a lot of soul searching in the GOP in months to come. The truth is that they managed to antagonize every segment of our population with the exception of white males. Women, African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, gays, the poor and the middle class were all dismissed despectively by a campaign so filled with prejudice, arrogance and hatred that the only metaphor that comes to mind are the brown shirts in the Third Reich era. I suspect it is abundantly clear to them by now that they can not rely on the Confederacy and the Bible Belt to win national elections, unfortunately for them, pragmatic strategies are not part of the Tea Party agenda and, if embraced, would drive away the only constituency they still have: middle age and elderly white males. Moderate Republicans either stand up to the most extreme elements in the party and move to the center-right, or their days are numbered.

    • Mimi2kool

      In order to soul search, one must be willing and able to look within for insight into what went wrong. The GOP as it stands today seems incapable of this. They are still looking to other people, places, and situations to blame for their resounding loss. They have yet to see that it is because of their extreme right wing policies and platform and their flip-flopping candidate that they had their posteriors handed to them.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/FBXSXCATN6XVK77YNC676N44PA Lester

        DEAR MIMI, A FEW VOTES IS HARDLY A “RESOUNDING” LOSS. BESIDES THAT, WE WILL NEVER KNOW HOW MANY OF THOSE DEM VOTES WERE FROM DEAD PEOPLE, ILLEGAL ALIENS AND CONS STILL IN PRISON!!!!!!!!

        • Mimi2kool

          332 electoral votes to 206 is in fact a resounding loss. So is over 3 million of the popular vote. And for all the talk of voter fraud, the only ones found trying to commit it belong to the Republican party. Your side lost, deal with it!!

          • http://profile.yahoo.com/GGHNYPK4GNCRYZLXWVZ447WHJM Plznnn

            It was NOT a resounding loss by counting Electoral College votes “because” that is “winner-take-all. If a State wins by 1 vote, they get all the electoral votes. A better way is like the Republican Primaries, where the candidates got the percentage of electoral votes based upon their support. This is much fairer. This was a very close election when you see that the popular vote was close and a huge majority of counties voted for Romney.

          • Mimi2kool

            And in the words of Walter Cronkite, “And that’s the way it is.”

          • dianrib

            Either way Obama won ! Move on

          • http://profile.yahoo.com/DUR6WIUGKJS2BIX7MMHTFH3XWI JacquelineH

            You guys are still missing the point. No party should alienate the citizens they need to win in an election. It’s interesting now that you say giving percentages is more fair than the electorial college method that has been used for centuries. However, the best way to win an election is to include all citizens (black, white, latino, gay or straight) on policy. Republicans can only change the map when they become inclusive and stop telling us we are lazy and only want stuff.

          • elw

            Plznnn, a loss is a loss and it means something. Even if the vote would have been divided the way you like, the President would have still won. He won the popular vote by close to 3 million votes. Hardly a few votes.

          • http://www.facebook.com/lutrell.simmons Lutrell Simmons

            romey lost and the case is over move on the people have spoken

          • lana ward

            America lost. The people on your side voted twice, dead people voted, animals voted, illegals voted, criminals voted. Nice clump of people the Dems are

          • Mimi2kool

            Republicans are clearly delusional if they believe any of these garbage. Can you present proof of any of these crazy allegations? Doubtful. You are just in denial that the majority of the citizens of this country rejected Mitt Rommey and Lyin’ Ryan.

          • lana ward

            You prove voter fraud didn’t happen. Watch real news instead of being an uninformed clump

          • Mimi2kool

            I do watch the real news. Faux News is not the real news. It is for insane people. You know, like you.

          • lana ward

            If you watch the real news, then you know there was voter fraud everywhere

          • Mimi2kool

            If you lived in the real world, you would know that this is propanganda put forth by Faux News. And when it does occur, the people trying to perpetuate voter fraud are usually the GOP.

          • lana ward

            Your hopeless-go to bed

          • Mimi2kool

            No, you’re hopeless and you know where you can go.

          • lana ward

            Typical dem. a numbnut clump

          • Mimi2kool

            Typical repub, having to resort to name-calling because you have no facts to back you up.

          • lana ward

            You have no facts–COWARD

          • Mimi2kool

            Well that would make me the cowardly lion to your brainless scarecrow. You are so funny. You think you know everything when every sentence you write displays your ignorance.

          • lana ward

            Don’t bother responding until you check it out-coward. The Down Low Club

          • Mimi2kool

            I have checked it out and it is just more defamatory allegations against Obama. Even if it were true, I fail to see what it would have to do with anything. But I am done responding to you. Have a good, if delusional, life.

          • lana ward

            Pray for America–you have a good life too!

          • Mimi2kool

            I have one fact. You try to cover up your lack of political awareness and knowledge with insults to those who disagree with you. That is what passes for political discussion with a Republican/Tea Party member.

          • lana ward

            You make fun of us when you won’t check anything out-what are you afraid of? coward

          • northroader1775

            RIIIIIIIGHT so when YOU LOOOOOOOOOSSSE YOUR ASSSS just stand there like a pouty third grader and say we would have done better if the rules were different. Unfortunately the rules are the rules and you lost and you lost big AKA BIIIGGG you lost. Now what are you going to do to get better…point at the winner and make wild ass claims of fraud???? (LOOKS LIKE THIS IS THE CHOICE OF MOST OF THE GOP) or are you going to look within to see what you can change to get better? I can give you a hint if you want…dump the tea party and all the cowardly repubs that went along with them. Get back to reasonable policies and reasonable expectations and get beck to helping govern the country. Or you could sit there pouting and just fade into historical oblivion.

          • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KOPKDFAUQPIIRAFI3HEXNMSHLQ Ed

            Regardless of splitting hairs there was a difference of 3 million votes in the popular vote,

          • http://www.facebook.com/warren.nicholson.77 Warren Nicholson

            It wasn’t close and the count continues in two States run by neocons!

          • Jim Lou

            There are 2 states that aren’t winner takes all. Even in those states, Maine and Nebraska follow the “district system”, the electoral votes all went to 1 person. Romney won all 5 of Nebraska’s electoral votes and Obama won all 4 of Maine’s electoral votes. No big difference.

          • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KIWHMI7F72WDWGDVPREEL7FPDI Richard Holmes

            obammy stole the election and you brobably helped do it. You are a bammy butt kissing socialist un-american puke.

          • Mimi2kool

            This is typical Republican tactics. When you cannot win on the facts, resort to name-calling.

          • lana ward

            America lost

          • Mimi2kool

            Repeating something does not make it true, only repetitious.

          • lana ward

            Only time will tell

          • http://profile.yahoo.com/ZJ5BBSQIGTUMERPZFALES6HQNY Bill

            Mimi what would you expect from those who live inside the right wing bubble universe. In 2004 GW Bush earend political capital because of his victory on John Kerry. It was declared a mandate by the right. The Electoral College has been in existence forever but no complaints until their guy gets beat. Typical right wing bs, let’s change the rules because we lost.

        • http://profile.yahoo.com/RJMSLLOQDIEEIWCL6AKOVXGCYA Robert

          Really Lester…they have already proved that fraud comes in at .00004 of 1 0/0

        • foolsdance

          Lester – go back to yahoo message boards where all of your ignorant racist bigotted conspiracy theory buddies hang out – there are no alien abduction or big foot stories on this website.

        • dianrib

          Do not be a sore loser Unlike 2000 this election was won fair and square

        • http://profile.yahoo.com/VHEQBCQNEUQPOGB6QEG7AII424 John

          Lester, you and I must soul search…I am a moderate republican and voted my heart no matter who it was. I do agree with many above, moderation is the key to helping all of our people in the USA

        • elw

          Lester you Just keep thinking that way and the Republican Party will soon be something for history books only.

        • http://profile.yahoo.com/PMVMZMDLRQL3TRK5RNOHJVZPHU stoptheinsanity

          MIMI, WHEN BUSH WON REELECTION IN 2004 WITH JUST 289 ELECTORAL VOTES, REPUBLICANS SCREAMED TO THE TOP OF THE HILL THAT IT WAS A MANDATE. BUSH HAD A PRESS CONFERENCE WHERE HE BRAGGED ABOUT ACHIEVING A MAJOR VICTORY AND HAVING A MANDATE. PRESIDENT OBAMA WON THIS ELECTION WITH 332 ELECTORAL VOTES. IT IS A RESOUNDING VICTORY. WHAT HYPOCRITES YOU AND YOUR DISINTERGRATING PARTY ARE! CONTINUE WITH YOUR LIES AND CONSPIRACY THEORIES. THAT’S ALL YOU RIGHT WING TROLL ARE GOOD AT. WE WILL NO LONGER ALLOW YOU TROLLS TO DEFINE US OR OUR PRESIDENT. YOU LOST. YOU ARE BITTER AND ANGRY. YOU LOVE TO SPEW HATE AND TEMPER TANTRUMS WHEN THINGS DON’T GO YOUR WAY. MY ADVICE TO YOU TROLLS: GET OVER IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        • http://www.facebook.com/lutrell.simmons Lutrell Simmons

          GET A LIFE ROMEY LOST AND IT IS DONE THE PEOPLE HAS SPOKEN WE DID NOT WANT HIM AS PRESIDENT AND WE VOTED SO GET A LIFE IT IS DONE THE GOPS WERE THE ONES TRYING TO CHEAT BUT DID NOT GET AWAY WITH IT OBAMA 2012

        • http://profile.yahoo.com/EDW4NFSNB6B352V5BWIYYDS2MM charles holloway

          Lester move on,and stop your weeping, I was a faithful fox news watcher until 2008, for me i realize it allow me to blame, blame, and blame, stop watching fox news, stop listening to rush, and all the hateful consevatives. There are a few good moderate republicans in our party. The United States is changing,and people do not have to perceive the world as i do. I totally depended on God, and I no longer lean on my own understanding, My life has gotten so much better, i am no longer bitter,and i do not blame nobody.I surreder all. My life is under new Management, and my life is no longer my own, Find you some Pease lester.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1060534570 Michael Ahlum

          Just think if this is true how dumb are you to let this happen. People in Miami-Dade county waited to vote 7-8 hours to swing Florida to Obama. The rebublicans will make it even harder for these same AMERICANs to vote next time. And AMERICANS will win again.

        • http://www.facebook.com/warren.nicholson.77 Warren Nicholson

          You just proved what Mimi2kool said about neocon not being able to think!

        • Jim Lou

          I voted and I am certainly live. I am also not in prison since access to the Internet is very restricted.

          I also work for government in a position that requires citizenship.

          Don’t forget GOP voter fraud efforts. They got caught with their hands in the cookie jar.

        • http://www.facebook.com/ladihendi Deborah Henderson Funnybone

          Lester STOP …Romney lost because of the insults , voter suppression and the total arrogance of The Right Wing rep. It is statements like yours that are not only silly,but is Not fact based. The Republicans will continue to lose if it stays on message. When I look at my grandson (18 yrs old) and his racially diverse group of friends ,it will become increasing difficult to divide people . So stop with the dead people ,the cons, and illegal alien comments ,you are showing who you are= Silly and as Outdated as the loaf of bread in my bread draw.

        • http://profile.yahoo.com/VMMSUH74Z46AIUN3UPZUUHKLY4 Gilbert

          WoW!!! What a silly argument!!! 332 electoral votes against 206 electoral votes is a “RESOUNDING” loss. A straight-up “Ass-Whipping!” I don’t know where you went to school or who taught you how to count, but you got it all wrong. There are only 538 electoral votes!!! So if someone wins 332 of them… that is way more than half. The race wasn’t even close and you’d have to be deaf, dumb, ignorant and blind to believe that it was. You’ll have to go lick your wounds somewhere else! You damn republicans are hopeless.

      • dianrib

        Does Bagger led GOP have a soul ?

    • old_blu

      Dominick you are right they are going to do some soul searching as soon as they get through having their pity party.

      What is there 20 states trying to secede now?

    • Dol5

      Keep on with your writing! You have a much better way of putting my thoughts down on paper that I ever will. But I am behind you all of the way!

    • Jim Lou

      The moderates in GOP already are in trouble. Look at Snow from Maine.

  • 13observer

    OBVIOUSLY! they don’t vote if “whitey” is running! and that speaks volumes for why they are truely “RACIST”!

    • Mimi2kool

      Many fought and even died for the right to vote in this country during the struggle for civil rights. I was young, but I remember watching how the bigots treated the black people who marched for the right to vote. If you are white, you have never had to worry about having your right to vote questioned. How dare you make a comment like that! And given how hard the GOP tried to prevent them from voting, who are you to call anyone racist? I am white, and you do not speak for me or to me. I am embarrassed to be the same race as someone who would say something so profoundly ignorant.

      • 13observer

        Really? take a “chill pill” chicky! but they only vote their self interest or for one of their own……..otherwise when have their numbers been great?

        • Mimi2kool

          Don’t call me “chicky”. Your attempt to demean me through use of a term that is sexist is unacceptable.

          I think that it is a good thing when more people of all backgrounds participate in our democracy. As Martha Stewart would say “It’s a good thing.” And are you really going to claim that whites are not as guilty of voting only for “their own”? Seriously?

          • 13observer

            I really think this is more about “party” than race!!!!!! I think it is great when all backgrounds are represented but must vote consistently. Also, they must be legal citizens!

    • foolsdance

      Mimi beat me to it – but I still have to say that yours is the most insultingly ignorant comment (well, all of your comments are) that I have found posted on this website. According to you, no blacks had ever voted before 2008??? Because, if memory serves, Obama was the first black to run for president.
      Oh, and I don’t buy that you are a ‘wealthy black man’ for one second… You are a miserable loser of a white racist coward posting from the anonymity of – most likely – grandma’s basement.
      You are a pathetic disgrace to the human race, Lester.

      • 13observer

        sorry, i’m not Lester……….nor am i wealthy, black or racist! I just call them like i see them. I don’t care for Romney because i am a UNION guy! I don’t like Obama (voted for him both times) because he lied to UNIONS when he said his priority was Employee Free Choice Act but he did nothing to move it along! It is true that blacks voted in greater numbers than ever before when Obama was the candidate! Surely you didn’t think i was saying blacks never voted at all! you are smarter than that. So why the vote for Obama, I don’t vote for someone because of all the free sh*t i can get. But he has done that with illegal aliens…..you might say, they are a minority and they need a handout i say bullsh*t they are illegal bro! So what does Obama want to do this term, give AMNESTY to 20 million illegals and that is fu*ked up!

        • foolsdance

          I stand by my post. You said “they don’t vote if whitey is running.” Ergo, you were implying that blacks don’t vote unless a black is running – apparently you are too mindless to read your own posts. The ‘wealthy black man’ statement was aimed at Lester, but you are two of a kind.
          Obama wants to provide a path for innocent hispanics born here of illegal parents – who have attended our schools, worked, and contributed to this society despite the fact that they must do so in fear through no fault of their own – to become contributing citizens.
          So many (but by no means all) work in jobs you would not wipe your feet on… cleaning hotel rooms, working the fields… all with zero benefits or rights. and those I I know work a damn site harder than I would venture to guess you do.
          I don’t get any free shit. I work and pay taxes and contribute to society. One of the GOP’s biggest problems is that they are convinced that only white rich puritanicals matter. I have worked since I was legally able to, got a college degree, prospered, raised children, bought houses. Never have I ‘sucked on the teet’ as you would put it. And yet I remain respectful of Blacks, Hispanics, Asians, Gays… So how does that fit with your narrow view? Oh yeah, and I am an atheist. Square peg, round hole for your party – reality for ours.

          • 13observer

            is Obama protecting the rights of the “unborn” who never asked to be conceived but whose bodies are butchered because it is convienient and there is no one to defend them. PLEASE ANSWER THAT MY FRIEND!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Joyce-Otway/100001719683388 Joyce Otway

    GOP’s are hopelessly racist in their views. They will never get the black vote as they dont know how to speak to their needs and values , they only decry them and cast them off into a basket of worthlessness as if the white population has anything over the blacks. We are all here for a short time so we should treat and respecct each other better

  • nobsartist

    What do you expect from a party that chose to be funded and directed by the John Birch Society?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Colleen-Klemp/100002683878543 Colleen Klemp

    Five years from now, Mitt Romney will be a forgotten bad dream. 5 yrs. from now Bill O’Rielley will no longer be a factor, when someone mentions Rush Limblaugh they will ask “Wasn’t he the guy who so loudly predicted the 2012 election wrong?” 5 yrs from now Karl Rove will hopefully have gotten into line of work-one where he can’t do so much harm. The Right has to find a new crazy something that they can to all get behind.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Colleen-Klemp/100002683878543 Colleen Klemp

    I am a liberal white midwesterner who proudly voted for Obama in both elections!

  • SeekingOut

    Don’t forget also the utter disrespect some Repubs have shown towards the President….I think African Americans correctly felt personally insulted.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OLT3BBICDAFJXQAHHKXXLJUCH4 Stella53

      I definitely felt insulted. Romney labeling me a freeloader and moocher didn’t help either. I’ve never freeloaded nor mooched off the government, nor any other entity, nor any other person. Romney called my 80 year old dad, a Korean War Vet who received a Purple Heart and who paid his dues to his country, a moocher and freeloader! He called all combat veterans moochers! Yes, we felt deeply insulted.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Marty-Caulfield/100000284172414 Marty Caulfield

    This is just fine! Many people of different races support there people.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/FBXSXCATN6XVK77YNC676N44PA Lester

    ITS NO SURPRISE TO ME THAT BLACKS WILL VOTE FOR HUSSEIN. AFTER ALL, HES BLACK JUST LIKE THEY ARE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! FOR THE TYPICAL BLACK THATS ALL IT TAKES. ALSO, PROMISES OF MORE FREE PHONES, FOOD, HOUSING AND ALL MANNER OF OTHER “STUFF” WILL BE ENOUGH TO GET THOSE VOTES. OF COURSE, THERE ARE A FEW BLACKS, LIKE ME, WHO REALLY DO CARE ABOUT WHATS BEST FOR THE USA AND WHO DONT CARE TO WORSHIP AT THE LOCAL MOSQUE OR BE PART OF LOUIS FARAHKANS ” POSSE”. GOD HELP THIS COUNTRY WHEN THE CHINESE, MUSLIMS AND RUSSIANS DECIDE TO PARTITION THE USA AND WE DONT HAVE THE MILITARY TO REMAIN FREE, THANKS TO HUSSEIN DISMANTLING OUR ARMED FORCES. ITS, COMING
    FOLKS, BUT I GUESS MY BROTHER BLACKS DONT CARE. PUERTO RICANS DO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    “”

    • zeldaq

      lester, seems to me that you are one of the few wealthy black people,who do not want to pay your fair share of taxes, or you are incredibley stupid. no doubt you are a racist, your comments advertize that. let me set you straight on some facts. the GOP has allready got a place for you under the bus, when they don’t need your worthless comments anymore. ask allen west. you don’t see the GOP trying to help him, do you? no because HE IS BLACK.
      and also he is a misguided fool. he thinks the white racist tea party, and the GOP care about him. people like you really amaze me. for all the oppression your people your people endured, and still do. i am an elderly white male, and sometimes ashamed of my race. the reason people of color need help is because the GOP, and tea party racists are still oppressing blacks and miorities. do you think that they will help you when you need help?
      with these racist bastards the ONLY thing that matters is the color of your skin. you had better hope that you never need help from them. as far as ”hussein”; you are suffering from a severe over exposure of FOX news. MR. OBAMA is one of the most fair, and smartest presidents this country has ever had. he truly cares about ALL americans. he rescued this country from a complete economic melt down that GWB left him. as far as the military goes, he has saved countless numbers of lives by using drones, instead of boots on the ground. none of us know the capabilities of the nations weapons systems. we are not supossed to know. we are supossed to trust our president. AND WE DO. that’s one reason MR. OBAMA won this election by such a landslide. i’m very thankful that there are not a lot of people like you with the ”hurrah for me, and fuck you attitude”. i think you are a disgrace to all americans. people like you, the tea party, and the GOP’s political agenda is coming to an end.

    • Diogenes67

      Obama kicked your butt. Twice. Want more? Here comes Hillary.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OLT3BBICDAFJXQAHHKXXLJUCH4 Stella53

      Lester, if that were true Allen West would still be a Congressman!

  • elw

    Does it really matter what color the skin of the Americans who voted for the President was? Why is the media pushing demographics as a storyline? What difference does it make what the people who voted for him looked like? The white vote is not worth more than any other vote, men do not count more than women. The President won because his ideas and policies appealed to more people, period. He did not have to change who he is to get votes; who he is simply appealed more widely to the diverse population that makes up Americans throughout the Country. To say anything else is just plain poppycock.

    • foolsdance

      In theory you are right, it shouldn’t matter. However, I think the republicans ought to take notice. Regardless if we are talking black/asian/hispanic/gay, the GOP need to get over themselves and recognize that, as a nation, we are no longer white and puritanical.

      • elw

        I agree, that was my point. I have little hope for them.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/GGHNYPK4GNCRYZLXWVZ447WHJM Plznnn

    Many minority voters do not vote for the Democrats because they support their policies, but because they expect everything “from” the Federal Government. But almost ALL Blacks and almost 3/4 of Latinos voting for the Democrat Party shows where the racism lies, they vote anti-White. Many Whites vote for either Party.
    The Republican polices of fiscal responsibility, prosperity and employment, lower taxes, a balanced budget and enforcing our “Immigration” Laws are beneficial to ALL Americans not just special groups of people. The Democrat Party advances the belief that Republicans are “against” them, which is a complete fallacy.

    • Sand_Cat

      OBVIOUSLY, YOU DIDN’T READ THE ARTICLE (CAN YOU EVEN READ?), AND YOU SHOW THE STANDARD REPUBLICAN RACIST PROFILE, ALONG WITH THE USUAL PROJECTION OF YOUR OWN BIGOTRY AND ANT-DEMOCRATIC (I.E., TOTALITARIAN AND RACIST) BELIEFS ONTO THE OPPOSITION.

      BY ALL MEANS, KEEP IT UP. SANE PEOPLE WILL BE DELIGHTED TO WATCH YOUR PARTY CONTINUE TO LOSE SO LONG AS IT IS LED BY, AND CONSISTS MAINLY OF, THE STUPID, WILLFULLY IGNORANT, AND JUST PLAIN DERANGED SUCH AS YOURSELF!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OLT3BBICDAFJXQAHHKXXLJUCH4 Stella53

      How many white people voted anti-black? A lot of white people I talked to said they didn’t like Romney but would cast their vote against Obama. As I stated once before, blacks would never vote for Allen West or Michael Steele (both black) because they are neo-cons. Collin Powell and Condi Rice would have to become Democrats or Independents to get a large chunk of the black vote. Your theory is b.s. regarding blacks voting for the President just because he is half black.

    • northroader1775

      first of all BULLSHIT most of the welfare goes to poor whites in under educated southern red states….second of all BULLSHIT REPUBLICAN TRICKLE DOWN ECON HAS BEEN PROVEN TO BE A COMPLETE FAILURE….THREE TIMES…LOOK IT UP.

      and why wouldn’t blacks and hispanics vote dem??? What did the repubs offer them except a cold shoulder and an invite to self deport??? If you offer nothing why do you expect to get their vote.

  • dianrib

    Its NOT just Blacks but women ,young , Asians , Hispanics Any one who values fairness and hates billionaires Greed I am 69 and voted Obama so seniors are not automatic Repubs .I am a recovering GOP voter

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  • http://profile.yahoo.com/PPHJQFXFPE564LFJPGF3SLP57M orangeman65

    African Americans came along way from the civil rights movements that include for us to vote the present! We weren’t backing down then, and sure as hell won”t be intimidated now! People of color just have to watch some of those movies that our ancestors who experienced the racial hatred and all hell will break loose! Welcome to the the 21st century!

  • Dave

    In Wisconsin, 7 percent of voters were black — up from 0 percent in 2008

    Zero percent? This clearly seems to be some kind of typo.

    • Dave

      Fixed!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/PMVMZMDLRQL3TRK5RNOHJVZPHU stoptheinsanity

    Republicans thought that by suppressing, disenfranchising, and denying some minorites and Democrats their right to vote, that these subversive tactics would cause them to win the presidential election. To their dismay and shock, the exact opposite occurred. It angered minorities, Democrats and some independents to the point that they were energized and more determined than ever to vote. Many stood in long lines for hours upon hours but, they were not going to abandon their right to cast their ballots. Too many people fought hard and some died to have the right to vote. Every effort by Republican state legislatures that passed laws to dilute minority and Democratic voters didn’t work. Every effort by Republicans in the courts to suppress these same voters didn’t work. All the Republican lies, deceptions, stealing, racism, hatred–none of those things work. Good will triumph over evil!

  • http://www.facebook.com/erdmanwest Erdman West III

    The Repub party as it is today has already lost the next election!!!!

  • turnipgreens

    none of these GOP’s understand that by raising the water level all boats float higher. If we can help those at the bottom, we will surely help those in the middle and even help those at the top. The rich man will always get his. So, for the life of me, I cannot figure out why they make it into a battle of haves and have nots, or between whites and blacks, rich or poor. We are all in this together, so get over the fact we have a black president that–when all is said and done has done more for this country than any since Clinton, Kennedy and Roosevelt.

  • 13observer

    everyone should have I.D. regardless!!!!!! if you don’t, then you should be detained as we have illegal aliens running around this country and now Obama wants to give them AMNESTY! so now we have to prove who we are because of mostly the Mexicans so…………….you have the illegal Mexicans to thank for this mess!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/COZJL5VQ4AQ4F6HTRZVF3QSYJY doren

    Blacks in America would vote for Republicans if they did’nt look at us as excerment!

  • northroader1775

    Go take a nap.

  • northroader1775

    Don’t sweat it Mimi…we are all one human race….the rest is smoke and mirrors and bullshit. Some of us know it and some few even act on the knowledge….but be assured there are no races it’s bullshit. Think of it like this if you take all the dna that makes you unique and all of mine and all of 13s and all of everyone elses and put it all in a pile and remove the space between the atoms it would all fit in one banana peel. That’s how much dirrerence there is between you and everyone else on the planet. Is that worth arguing over or should we just get along and get on with life.

    Leave the uninformed like 13 to themselves we need to move on…soon they will be so far behind that they will wake up all by themselves and join us or just die alone and confused. Either way we must move forward without those who will not let go of the past.

  • northroader1775

    lester…13blindobserver….lana…they are for all intents and purposes the same animal….know nothing see nothing hear nothing. So the mistake is totally understandable.

  • onedonewong

    Of course Barak garnered the colored vote FUBU….They were protecting their agenda as they now compose the most people on welfare, foodstamps, Sec 8 housing and the most folks doing time. They aren’t going to vote against their self interests

    • northroader1775

      Why not you voted against yours!

  • foolsdance

    wow – you are too stupid for words… but I will try. If you read articles on this site you could not have missed the REALITY that the red states, primarily poor southern whites, comprise the greatest percentage of welfare recipients. I know you tea baggers reject reality at all turns, but don’t think you can get away with your ill-informed stupidity here amongst intellectuals.

  • foolsdance

    @Onedone… this will not save as a reply to you, but I can’t not say this. wow – you are too stupid for words… but I will try. If you read articles on this site you could not have missed the REALITY that the red states, primarily poor southern whites, comprise the greatest percentage of welfare recipients. I know you tea baggers reject reality at all turns, but don’t think you can get away with your ill-informed stupidity here amongst intellectuals.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KIWHMI7F72WDWGDVPREEL7FPDI Richard Holmes

    African-American? Don’t you mean nigro American?

  • ralphkr

    You are all incorrect. If you look at the total number of qualified US voters and compare that figure with the number of votes for either Obama or Romney and you shall quickly see that neither one were voted for by the majority of qualified US voters since, as usual, many voters did not vote.

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  • http://profile.yahoo.com/VMMSUH74Z46AIUN3UPZUUHKLY4 Gilbert

    Funny thing. Republicans have long-harbored an attitude toward African Americans of “We don’t really need you because you represent only xx% of the population. The funny part I refer to has to do with the way many African Americans, my own father and his parents included, were classified racially. You see, if an African American had a fair-skinned complexion, wavy hair, and a straight nose, they were classified as “white” on official documents. One can only guess at how many of us were so classified, and who due to this subjective form of racial designation, were added to the registry as white voters. So while an estimate of 45 million or so African Americans may be the official count… Who is to say that the actual number of African Americans isn’t 55 or 60 million or more? It is a small wonder that republicans are scratching their heads in bewilderment at the number of African Americans that actually turned out to vote.

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