Posts Tagged ‘voter’

North Carolina governor vows to fight Justice Department voter ID lawsuit

Friday, October 4th, 2013

(Guardian) North Carolina's Republican governor has pledged to fight a lawsuit filed by the Department of Justice in response to a measure that introduces some of the most stringent voting laws in the country.

Governor Pat McCrory said that the lawsuit, which warns that the new restrictions are intentionally designed to set the clock back by discouraging African Americans from exerting their democratic rights, is without merit.

The lawsuit, lodged with a federal district court in North Carolina on Monday, calls for four key provisions of the state's new legislation to be blocked on grounds that they would have a discriminatory effect on minority voters. It also calls for the state to be put back into a form of federal oversight – or "pre-clearance" – that was removed in June when the US supreme court struck down elements of the Voting Rights Act that had been a cornerstone of race relations in the US since 1965.

Announcing the legal challenge, the attorney general Eric Holder said that allowing North Carolina's new restrictions to stand would be "inconsistent with our ideals as a nation … This is an intentional attempt to break a system that was working; it defies common sense."

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GOP Tries to Get in With Asian-American Voters

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

(Hispanic Business) Republicans admit they have a problem with Hispanic voters. They have an even bigger problem with Asian Americans — a group that was a majority GOP voting bloc less than 20 years ago. 

Three-quarters of Asian Americans went for President Obama in 2012, more than any other group except black voters. The GOP is pursuing Asian Americans as part of the same $10 million outreach program to talk to Hispanic voters, conceived after the party's 2012 losses and just getting underway. GOP leaders say a return to success with Asian-American voters lies in better engagement. This week, GOP Chairman Reince Priebus announced the first two staffers hired for field operations in the Asian-American community. 

Asian Americans are affluent, educated and family-oriented, surveys show — just the kind of folks GOP leaders say should be natural Republicans. Even better, they don't strongly identify as Democrats, according to exit polls, even if they vote that way. "It sounds like they're persuadable, but it also means they're paying a lot of attention to issues," says Karthick Ramakrishnan, a University of California-Riverside political scientist and director of the National Asian-American Survey. 

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Republicans Claim Obama Won Re-election Because Blacks And Hispanics Wanted More Handouts

Monday, November 12th, 2012


(Think Progress) When they’re not expressing shock over the growing participation of women, Hispanics and African American voters in the election, Republicans are reacting to President Obama’s victory by acknowledging the party’s shortcomings in appealing to non-white voters. Some members of the GOP, like former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, are even suggesting that the party should cut a deal with Democrats and pass comprehensive immigration reform to win votes from the growing Latino population.

But in acknowledging the nation’s changing demographics, Republicans and conservative pundits are also advancing a new pernicious narrative: America has permanently shifted from a white male-dominated electorate, to a new crop of minority voters who support Democrats because they are dependent upon government:

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Asian Americans overwhelmingly backed Obama, Democrats

Saturday, November 10th, 2012

(Los Angeles Times) Much has been made of the Latino vote and its crucial role in boosting President Obama to victory, but it was Asian Americans who made the most dramatic shift in support for the president Tuesday.

Exit polls show that 73% of Asian Americans backed Obama, an 11-point increase since 2008.  Asian Americans came out in such force for Obama that they topped Latinos as his second-most supportive ethnic group, behind African Americans.

Latinos, who made up 10% of the electorate, went 67% for Obama, 5 points higher than in 2008.

While Asians accounted for just 3% of the electorate – up from 2% in 2008 – their overwhelming support made them a key component of the Obama coalition, especially in swing states like Virginia, Florida and Colorado. 

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For many blacks, Obama’s reelection cements his legacy

Thursday, November 8th, 2012

(Washington Post) President Obama’s reelection — in a ferocious campaign dotted by charges of racial anger and minority-voter suppression — has provided what many blacks say will surely deepen his legacy: irrefutable evidence that his presidency is hardly a historical fluke as he has now won two national campaigns with overwhelming white support.

Obama, the nation’s first black president, was already soaked in history, a figure seen in the aftermath of his 2008 victory as the culmination of a decades-long civil rights crusade that suffered the assassination of beloved figures who fought and marched for the right to vote and freely pursue the American dream.

But Obama’s first term as president also saw him pelted with racially charged denunciations — some from politicians — that reopened festering wounds and even fears in the African American community for his safety. At times it felt as if the W.E.B. Du Bois prophecy — the problem of the 20th century would be the color line, he famously opined — had leapt right into the 21st century.

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Hispanic Americans play crucial role in Obama victory

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012


(Jamaica Observer) From Mexican Americans and Puerto Ricans to Cuban Americans, the more than 12 million Hispanic Americans eligible to vote yesterday apparently held the keys to the White House.

"The most important thing is for our voice, the Hispanic voters' voice, be heard, and that the president knows he has our vote, and should support us," said Celeste Guerra, 20.


The Honduran American student was casting her first vote for Barack Obama in his race against Republican Mitt Romney, a contest in which Hispanics showed their growing political clout.

A diverse cultural group and the largest US minority tracked by the US Census, Hispanics make up about 16 per cent of the US population. But their votes apparently gained even greater importance in swing states such as Nevada, Colorado, Florida and Virginia.

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Obama leads among Asian Americans

Sunday, November 4th, 2012


(Politico) A new California poll shows why President Barack Obama is again expected to capture the Asian American vote.

In the state with by far the largest Asian population in the nation, the Field Poll reports Obama holds a 58 percent to 25 percent lead over Mitt Romney.

In 2008, national exit polls gave Obama a 62 percent to 35 percent advantage over John McCain among Asians, who made up two percent of the electorate.

According to a Field Poll released Saturday, Obama runs best among California’s Chinese Americans, a group he wins by 63-21. The margin with Vietnamese Americans – a demographic that tends to be more Republican-friendly – is 47-27. Among Korean Americans, Obama leads 41-20 with 39 percent undecided — the reported percentage of undecided voters among all Asian subgroups is unusually high for this late point in the campaign.

Among other Asian groups, Obama leads 62-28.

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Poll: Obama holds slim lead over Romney among Florida’s Hispanic voters

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012


(Bradenton Herald) Call it the Cuban Conundrum — a problem for pollsters who find Florida Hispanics are far more Republican than anywhere else in the nation.

It’s on full display in the latest Florida International University/Miami Herald/El Nuevo Herald poll of likely Hispanic Florida voters showing President Barack Obama clings to a narrow 51-47 percent lead over Republican Mitt Romney.

But nationwide, the poll shows, Obama leads by a far bigger margin among likely Hispanic voters.

The difference in Florida: Cuban voters. Without them, the FIU poll shows, Obama would handily win likely Florida Hispanic voters 65-32 percent.

Not only are Cubans reliable Republican voters — they’re about 70 percent of Miami-Dade’s registered Republicans — but they’re also more likely to answer surveys like the FIU poll.

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Poll shows widening racial gap in presidential contest

Sunday, October 28th, 2012

(Washington Post) The 2012 election is shaping up to be more polarized along racial lines than any presidential contest since 1988, with President Obama experiencing a steep drop
in support among white voters from four years ago.

At this stage in 2008, Obama trailed Republican John McCain by seven percentage points among white voters. Even in victory, Obama ended up losing white voters by 12 percentage points, according to that year’s exit poll.

But now, Obama has a deficit of 23 percentage points, trailing Republican Mitt Romney 60 percent to 37 percent among whites, according to the latest Washington Post-ABC News national tracking poll. That presents a significant hurdle for the president — and suggests that he will need to achieve even larger margins of victory among women and minorities, two important parts of the Democratic base, to win reelection.

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For President, a Complex Calculus of Race and Politics

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

(New York Times) When President Obama greets African-Americans who broke barriers, he almost invariably uses the same line.

“I wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for you,” he said to Ruby Bridges Hall, who was the first black child to integrate an elementary school in the South. The president repeated the message to a group of Tuskegee airmen, the first black aviators in the United States military; the Memphis sanitation workers the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. addressed in his final speech; and others who came to pay tribute to Mr. Obama and found him saluting them instead.

The line is gracious, but brief and guarded. Mr. Obama rarely dwells on race with his visitors or nearly anyone else. In interviews with dozens of black advisers, friends, donors and allies, few said they had ever heard Mr. Obama muse on the experience of being the first black president of the United States, a role in which every day he renders what was once extraordinary almost ordinary.

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