The Implications Of The African-American Vote In Alabama

Published: Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - 3:15pm
Updated: Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - 3:21pm
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One of the most interesting things about Tuesday’s highly contested Alabama Senate race was that the election was determined by black voters, especially black women.

The demographic breakdown of the voters is telling.

As for voters for Democrat Doug Jones: 34 percent of white women voted for Jones, while 98 percent of black women did.

The difference between white and black men in the vote overall was similar: 72 percent of white men voted for Republican Roy Moore but just 6 percent of black men voted for that candidate.

That’s all according to the Washington Post’s exit poll.

In a traditionally disenfranchised demographic, and in a state with some of the strictest voter-ID laws in the country, can the rest of the nation extrapolate bigger lessons from the African-American turnout in Alabama?

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