Wed Nov 14, 2012, 09:19 AM
hue (4,949 posts)
The GOP Has Problems With White Voters, Too
With the national exit poll showing Obama winning with just 39 percent of white voters, a smaller share than any Democrat since Mondale, the emerging conventional wisdom holds that a demographic tidal wave of minority turnout cost Romney the presidency. As a result, Republicans are focusing on their poor performance with the burgeoning Latino population; even Sean Hannity says he's "evolved" on immigration reform. But while the national exit poll data give the impression that Romney got the job done with white voters, Romney's stellar national performance obscures stark regional differences that suggest the GOP has its own problem with white voters.
Romney’s strong national showing among white voters was almost exclusively driven by historic support from Southern and Appalachian white voters. In many counties, Obama’s performance was the worst by any Democrat since McGovern or, in some places, ever. Even a quick glance at overwhelmingly white, Southern, or Appalachian counties with a history of offering even limited support to Democratic candidates shows Obama performing anywhere from 15 to 30 points worse than Kerry did eight years ago. Obama even lost more than 50 points compared to Kerry’s performance in several “coal country” counties in southern West Virginia and eastern Kentucky.
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Response to hue (Original post)
Wed Nov 14, 2012, 11:32 AM
John2 (2,730 posts)
can attest to this if you take my state of North Carolina for example. Obama lost North Carolina because of his slippage among white women in North Carolina. Every other group he held fast. Furthermore, when Romney and Ryan campaigned in North Carolina, they did not even attempt to bring their message to every ethnic group in the state. They were only appealing to just white people and much of their message was race baiting, which ironically they accused Vice President Biden doing in a stump speech right over the border in Virginia.
If you take a look at the electoral map, the divide in this country and within Congress lies with one region in this conutry which is mainly in the Deep South. The racial divide is in the South which the Republicans pander to with their race baiting.
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Wed Nov 14, 2012, 11:48 AM
CRK7376 (1,651 posts)
2. This white, male
North Carolinian proudly voted for, and was thrilled, with Obama's reelection! Now if my district would just get rid of Virginia Foxx. Unfortunately the district reelected this foolish lady for another 2 years of stupidity. oh well.......