Making history, America’s blacks voted at higher rates than whites in 2012, lifting Democrat Barack Obama to victory amid voter apathy, particularly among young people, new census data show. Despite increasing population, the number of white voters declined for the first time since 1996.
The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart ridiculed Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul’s speech at Howard University, and the comedian offered Paul a “history lesson” rebuttal on how the Republican senator’s party has alienated African-American voters.
Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul says Republicans face a “daunting task” in connecting with black voters and are often cast as “uncaring” in their policies — something that he says he wants to change.
African-American voters had a higher turnout rate than all other minority groups in 2012, and may have voted at a higher rate than whites for the first time in U.S. history.
Hispanic, black and Asian Americans – groups that gave 80 percent of their votes to President Obama in 2012 – are on track to become the majority of the nation’s population by 2050.
One of the country’s oldest civil rights groups says President Barack Obama may have a tougher time winning at least three battleground states in November should black voter turnout fall at least 5 percentage points below the record levels that helped to put him in the White House.