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How Did Race Affect the 2008 Presidential Election?

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Download PDF versionFrey, William H. 2009. "How Did Race Affect the 2008 Presidential Election?" PSC Research Report No. 09-688. September 2009.

Now that we have the polling results and US Census statistics on voter turnout from the 2008 elections, we can begin to address the question: How did race -- as well as race and geography -- affect the election of Barack Obama as President? To shed light on this, I am going to discuss the following: First, I will look at the minority turnout and voting changes between 2004 and 2008. Second, I will examine the race demographics of the “fast growing” and “slow growing” purple states. Third, I will examine where minorities won the election for Obama. And finally, I will say a few words about the role race will play in future elections.

Country of focus: United States of America.

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