Voters who cast ballots in Tuesday’s election had a strikingly similar demographic profile to those who voted in 2010 and weren’t all that different from those voting in 2006. But how they voted this year was very different from years past.
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.
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.