Destination 270

SMU Students Analyze the 2012 Presidential Election

Minority Voter Turnout

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Minority voters turned out in historic numbers on election day once again.

The Independent reports on black voters in swing states,”Black voters responded with a historic turnout here in Ohio and strong showings across a range of battleground states, according to exit poll results. Buoyed by a sophisticated ground operation by the Obama campaign, African Americans helped provide the edge in Virginia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and perhaps Florida, which remained too close to call Wednesday. Their support narrowed President Obama’s losing margin in North Carolina.
Minority votes have historically been marginalized, and according to the Star Tribune the Supreme Court is assessing the Voting Rights Act again,”In an order Friday, the justices agreed to hear a constitutional challenge to the part of the landmark Voting Rights Act that requires all or parts of 16 states with a history of discrimination in voting to get federal approval before making any changes in the way they hold elections.”
Penn Live explains how the strong minority turnout may have surprised Republicans,”Younger voters and minorities came to the polls at levels not far off from the historic coalition Obama assembled in 2008. The reality caught off-guard Republicans who banked on a more monolithic voting body sending them to the White House — and who had based their polling on that assumption.
Read more about how the minority vote affected each swing state here
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