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GOP Can’t Write Off the Black Community

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Polls show that at least 80% of African-Americans disapprove of the verdict in the George Zimmerman trial, leading some conservatives to give up ever making significant progress in the left-leaning black community.

But skeptics should recognize that as recently as the presidency of George W. Bush, Republicans did much better with African-American voters than they have recently. While Bush still lost the black vote badly, he got 11% of it in 2004, compared to Mitt Romney’s 6%. This is not a trivial difference: if Romney had gotten the same percentage as Bush, he would have come 1.6 million votes closer to catching Obama.

Surely, this sort of performance shouldn’t be out of reach for future GOP nominees, especially with Barack Obama no longer on the ballot.

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  1. Marvin  •  Jul 26, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    I get so annoyed from these articles. It’s like a bad rerun of a lame tv show. Stop blaming the GOP for not doing enough. The media and Hollywood lies so much, that the messages of good government and fairness are being ignored or shouted down.

  2. Eddie C.  •  Jul 26, 2013 at 5:35 pm

    The bottom line here is that politics can be tribal. Many African-Americans voted for the President simply because he was part black and nothing else. The flipside to that is that many whites voted for Mitt Romney because he was white. So let’s not pussy foot around this issue. Its like here in Chicago, the Polish will vote for a Polish candidate while a Hispanic will vote for a Hispanic candidate. How many news articles have we read talking about studies that showed folks gravitating towards those they think are like them? The Zimmerman case reinforced a belief that the system is rigged against certain people.

  3. JGUY  •  Jul 27, 2013 at 6:38 am

    The GOP cant afford to write off anybody….ever. Romney even alienated me….a traditionally
    Republican voter because as the campaigh progressed I had to ask myself whether the core
    beliefs and attiudes expressed by Mr. Romney closer relfected my life or the life of Queen
    Elizabeth and/or one of the Hilton group…. My answer was not good for the Governor.though
    I admittedly dont agree with much of the President’s belief system….it alienated me less.
    The Zimmerman case was largely about the American desire to elevate the “Perceived
    Victim.” regardless of legal correctness. The hispanic Zimmerman was presented as
    “a white man” rather than as “hispanic” throughout the entire coverage because this greatly
    enforced the “perceived victim” mentality since a white man is hardly ever portraid as a
    victim….even when he is…..

  4. sassyj  •  Jul 27, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    My question to the 80 per cent: 1)is it because Trayvon was black ill regardless of the trouble he had been in or was causing 2) where were you when they let OJ off for killing his wife…no demos then 3) do you ever or can you do the research of what happened and think for yourself instead of listening to listening to race mongering leaders who get money by causing strife 4) what would you have done if Trayvon was attacking you (lay there and take it) 5) if it is so racially bad here in America why not move to Africa or Europe…

  5. Mr. Derp  •  Aug 2, 2013 at 1:29 am

    The black community has been brainwashed into government dependence. They depend on govt. money, and I mean DEPEND on it. Until that changes they will always vote “D” even if it’s a serial killer running for office.

    • Alfonso Rodriguez  •  Aug 5, 2013 at 3:57 pm

      I whole heartedly agree, especially the least educated blacks, which is probably most of them, unfortunately.

  6. Donn  •  Aug 23, 2013 at 3:04 am

    Blacks will never vote for the GOP because the Democratic Party has paid for the black vote which is for sale to the highest bidder. Blacks are not culturally conservative. Blacks vote their own separate and distinct racial interests, just like Jews.

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