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SoCalDemocrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-03-04 09:43 PM
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197. What happened to the black vote?

National results indicate 17% went to Bush, which is very hard to believe in spite of the right wing spin.

Independent polling however indicates 9 out of 10 black votes was cast for Kerry/Edwards, and that the turnout was of record proportions.

Why the discrepancy?

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Surveys by Edison Media Research and Mitofsky International showed that nationally, blacks made up about 10 percent of voters at the polls. About 9 in 10 voted for Senator John Kerry, an overwhelming number that roughly mirrored the black turnout for Al Gore in 2000.

The numbers for blacks appeared similar in Florida, where Election Day get-out-the-vote efforts in black neighborhoods sometimes found few people who needed getting out.

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