The Hidden Swing Voters

Saturday, September 14, 2013

The 2008 Presidential election was extraordinary for two reasons. First was the election of the nation’s first African-American President. The other remarkable outcome of the 2008 Presidential election was the extraordinary increase in the number of African-Americans who voted. Some 2.4 million more African-Americans voted in 2008 compared to 2004 – this was a 16% increase in African-Americans who voted to bring the total to 16.67 million voters. This report, prepared in advance of the 2012 election, aptly predicted that African-American participation in the 2012 elections would again significantly impact the outcome of the 2012 Presidential election.

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