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Secret to Romney's Defeat: Not Enough 'Angry White Guys'?
Posted by Catherine Boyle on 11/07/2012 at 7:59 AM

Republican senator Lindsey Graham’s remark that there weren’t enough “angry white guys” to bring Republicans to power seemed prophetic in the light of President Barack Obama’s victory.

2012 US Election
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Voters cast their votes in New York City on November 6, 2012.

A decline in the number of white voters and a surge in voters from ethnic minorities and women helped Obama on election night. Ohio, one of the key battleground states, was captured in part through a rise in turnout among African-Americans, who voted overwhelmingly for Obama.

Back in August, Graham had said: “The demographics race we’re losing badly. We’re not generating enough angry white guys to stay in business for the long term.”

This year is likely to be the first in recent history when the majority of babies born in the U.S. are born to families from an “ethnic minority” background. That demographic shift is already being felt at polling stations – 72 percent of those who cast their vote this year were white, down from 74 percent in 2008, according to exit polls by the Associated Press. The Republican Party’s dominance of the white vote has persisted since President Richard Nixon won the votes of white voters in the Southern U.S. through the ‘Southern Strategy.’


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