The question pundits have wrangled over for months, whether blacks would turnout in strong numbers to reelect President Obama, may have finally been answered. According to the Obama campaign, black voters have come out strong for President Obama in the early vote totals.
A memo released by the Obama campaign details just how committed African-Americans are to reelecting President Obama:
In the first two days of early voting in Florida, nearly a quarter (23.7 percent) of the electorate was African American. We’ve seen consistently strong turnout in predominately African American areas of Broward and Dade counties, with big crowds patiently waiting hours to cast their votes. Yesterday 1,200 people marched from Bethune Cookman University, an HBCU in Daytona Beach, to vote early.
Florida is an important swing state and Obama has been running slightly behind in the state, so black turnout could swing the state in President Obama’s direction.
Turnout in North Carolina among African-Americans is also at around where it was in 2008:
The historically high turnout among African Americans in North Carolina four years ago was one of the reasons President Obama carried the state by just 14,000 votes. But what’s even more impressive is what’s happening this year: 83,155 more African Americans have already voted this year than had at this point in 2008.
However, the latest SurveyUSA poll still has President Obama trailing Mitt Romney by five points in North Carolina, so we’ll have to wait and see if the high African American turnout moves the numbers on election day.