In a First, Blacks Voted at Higher Rate Than Whites
African-Americans turned out at a record high 66.2%
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted May 8, 2013 7:19 PM CDT
Students at Howard University celebrate as President Obama collects the necessary electoral college votes to win re-election.   (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

(Newser) – The US had a political milestone last November: Black people voted at a higher rate than whites for the first time in history, reports the Los Angeles Times. It was close, with blacks at 66.2% and whites at 64.1%, but long-term trends in both groups suggest that it can't solely be chalked up to black voters turning out for President Obama. Turnout has steadily increased among blacks from 53% in 1996, while the percentage for whites has declined since peaking with George Bush's re-election in 2004.

Latinos and Asian-Americans, meanwhile, had a quirk in their results. Among Latinos, the overall number of voters rose by 1.4 million to about 11 million, but the percentage of eligible voters who turned out dropped slightly to 48%. The same was true for Asian-Americans; overall numbers rose, but turnout fell to 47.3%. That suggests both groups have growing populations of potential voters ripe for the wooing.

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May 11, 2013 9:52 AM CDT
voteing for somebody just because they are black is a quick way to get back to slavery..,guess they liked it
May 9, 2013 2:20 PM CDT
Blacks love that welfare steak
May 9, 2013 12:08 PM CDT
And we got the giver in chief . Shows you how stupid the black community is unemployment is higher for blacks under Obama than Bush, but he's black well half anyway, but the white part doesn't count. The giver in chief and taxer in chief I guess is what they want the open check of freebees.