African-Americans provided 58 percent of Democratic primary votes — and 1 percent of GOP ballots

Over the Christmas break, Secretary of State Brian Kemp published a long-awaited, demographic breakdown of the state’s July 20 primary voters that shows the racial chasm that now dominates Georgia politics.

See the entire report here.

The numbers confirmed what many had suspected. For the first time in a general primary, African-Americans made up a majority of those picking up a Democratic ballot. In fact, black voters were 58.4 percent of the Democratic electorate. White voters amounted to 37.6 percent of Democratic voters.

On the Republican side, white voters accounted for 96 percent of 691,466 ballots cast – while only 7,224 African-American voters picked up GOP ballots, only 1 percent of the Republican total.

The demographics also indicated that gender, too, has become a political indicator. Of all those who voted in the Democratic primary, 58 percent were women. But on the Republican side, women voters made up only 48.7 percent of the total.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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Georgia Blue

January 3rd, 2011
2:52 pm

Looks like the “Southern Strategy” is a resounding success! From upon the backs of murdered civil rights workers and activists comes a new day of racial division in America. Congratulations to all that made this ONE-PARTY state possible!! (Including the thoroughly impotent state Democratic party members who played internal politics instead of standing up for what was right.) Aren’t you all SO proud?


January 3rd, 2011
3:15 pm

I dont’ care for labels. Think for one moment, had the Republicans held fast and stuck with Reconstruction we’d be 100 years further along on this road. Sad.

You can also thank Zell Miller’s crazy uncle act for all of this. He led the down fall of the poor Democrats with the good ol’ boy crowd. You know most get their courage from the mob mentality. Thank you Zing Zag Zell.


January 3rd, 2011
4:25 pm

What else is new. Repubs think that the southern strategy will prevail for them. That simply means that blacks are expected to take the lead role in the democratic party. Blacks make up 50 percent of the total vote. The numbers somehow don’t jive. If blacks make up 50 percent, then why don’t those numbers reflect themselves in the total vote? Why? Is chicanery taking place?

Last Man Standing

January 3rd, 2011
4:26 pm

Georgia Blue:

“Including the thoroughly impotent state Democratic party members who played internal politics instead of standing up for what was right.”

Exactly “what was right” in your view?

Dacula voter

January 3rd, 2011
4:36 pm

Georgia blue…keep talking. In fact run for some position within the Georgia Democratic party. The more people like you keep popping up, the bigger the Republican party gets. We appreciate your help.


January 3rd, 2011
4:50 pm

That 37.6% of whites are a bunch of idiots. How any sane white can line up and cast a ballot along side a bunch of blacks in beyond me! The same fools are why we have the Community Organizer in Chief in office now. If whites had half the solidarity in voting patterns that blacks do we would be an unstoppable political force. The blacks have the herd mentality thing down pact, sad the whites dont beat them at their own game.

Captain Midnight

January 3rd, 2011
4:58 pm

Georgia Blue, I know, ain’t it awesome. Look if Dekalb County with it’s black majority can vote straight down racial lines (and they do time after time) then so can majority white Georgia. Da ATL ain’t Georgia Yall!

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January 3rd, 2011
5:01 pm

whats good for the goose is good for the gander. guess its okay for all black people to vote democrat but somehow its racist for a large majority of white people to vote republican. gee. how is that double standard. pathetic.

Captain Midnight

January 3rd, 2011
5:09 pm

@ate, Exactly. Diversity,multiculturism, inclusiveness and all that crap doesn’t apply to white folks. Yes it’s a double standard and YOU BETTER NOT HAVE A PROBLEM WITH IT.LOL! Thanks again to the 98% of you that voted for the freshman senator and community organizer.
I’m just happy we can stop pretending.

C Smite

January 3rd, 2011
5:10 pm

For the life of me, I am trying to put my arms around the idiocy of blacks being a dependable, reliable and monolithic vote when , if you look at the real dynamic of single parenting, low education attainment, povery level, as well as low economic development within the community, how they/we can continue to follow this line of behavior without getting anything tangible in return.

Here’s the deal.
* If you are trying to start a business
*if you are looking for a legal way to make a living
* If you want to establish true diversity in an open market
*If you want lower taxes
* If you want less government intrusion
*If you believe in free-market capitalism

Then you are a Republican or Independent

Lets top giving our support blindly and focus on who is for the people who work hard for a living and want an effective legislators and an efficient government. The Dems have taken most of our brothers and sisters for a ride. The president is nice window-dressing for the party, but the party as a whole is grossly deficient when is comes to the true needs of the Black America.

Wake up and look around folks

Georgia Blue

January 3rd, 2011
5:26 pm

Captain Midnight and ate,

Uh… yes, I agree with you that political division based on race IS pathetic!!

I blame both parties: The Repubs for implementing the strategy (starting in Philadelphia, MS 1980) and the Dems for letting it happen, I presume in the interest of pandering to the minority voters.

Most of us have families we need to feed, house, clothe, and educate. Most of us want a state where doing so (working and getting aheaad or at least maintaining) is possible, and where the government addresses our collective needs for safety, infrastructure, and a decent system of public education. That’s not a color thing. We are not very different from one another, but the politicians play on petty differences instead of addressing our common concerns. WHY? Because by doing so, they are free to serve the special interests that line their own pockets and ignore our collective common interests, that’s why. One-party rule essentially removes any barriers they had to telling each and every one of you to go soak your heads, while they collect nice perks, pensions, and benefits for doing exactly D!*K for the people of this state.

Sorry to rub it in, but I didn’t actually fall for it. I’m sorry if y’all did. Good luck getting your “representatives” to give a flip about what you’d like to have in return for your tax dollars.


January 3rd, 2011
5:37 pm

Black voters have lapped-up the entitlement mentality like it was Jim Jones’ koolaid.

Pole Cat

January 3rd, 2011
5:37 pm

The South can thank LBJ for the the flip flop segregation of the parties.

History Buff

January 3rd, 2011
5:43 pm

Southern whites were solid yellow dog democrates for ages.Because they never forgave Abraham Lincoln for freeing the slaves.But when Ronald Reagan stood on the steps of the courthouse in of all place for stas Philadelphia Missippissi and gave support states rights.And why else would a former Governor from California choose Mississippi.Because at the time there were no convictions for the murdered civil rights workers.And don’t anyone dare deny that fact.

Dawg On It

January 3rd, 2011
5:57 pm

Keyboard Bravado is so amusing….


January 3rd, 2011
6:04 pm

Hey Georgia Blue-

Study your history…it was Democrats that voted against the civil rights act..AND fought violently against. They also fought violently against desegregation. The word “Progressive” should only be applied to Republicans who fought to pass both issues. History is a bitch isn’t it?

F Troop

January 3rd, 2011
6:04 pm

As an African-American Republican voter, I often feel like Noah. 100 years of preaching and not a single convert – save me and my family.

Rafe Hollister

January 3rd, 2011
6:17 pm

F-Troop, welcome, Republicans love independent thinkers. Unfortunately, most Black Americans do not want to leave the security of the plantation. It takes bravery and love of freedom to throw off the mental shackles and stand on your own.

Georgia Blue

January 3rd, 2011
6:21 pm


“Study your history…it was Democrats that voted against the civil rights act..AND fought violently against. They also fought violently against desegregation.”

Um…. okay… Yes. That IS widely considered the reason the GOP kicked off the Southern Strategy in Philadelphia MS… and why the transformation from (D) to (R) was so successful in non-progressive-minded Southerners. Not sure what you mean by your next statement (good soup?), but I think labels are part of the problem, and only impede solutions. As for history being a you-know-what, well, that’s certainly a subjective statement! (Good to some, not so much to others.) I won’t presume to know what your history entails; that would be rude.


January 3rd, 2011
6:25 pm

It looks as though black voters are being left behind… Its time blacks inform themselves and stop listening to their preachers and far left leaders and understand they are the ones keeping them down. When your down your much more easy to control!!!!!


January 3rd, 2011
6:28 pm

Blacks most of the time vote for Blacks. It’s a ” Black thing” in true words it’s Racism. American Blacks should vote for the candidate that will be the best for America and stop this democrat slave thing. Obama and the liberal corrupt democrats and Renos are a disgrace to the Nation.

Texas Tea

January 3rd, 2011
6:29 pm

The balcks are going to vote for their own, and will vote with whomever is going to give them something for nothing. May not be every single one of them, but as a majority, that comment is spot on. No matter how racist you wanna try and make it. Until the entitlement mentality ends, and crime from the balck community slows, the black race will always be a vote in the Democrats pockets, because they are all for giving from someone to give it to someone less deserving. It’s straight statistics and proven with the voting and on camera comments that fill this type of perception of black voters, and the black community. Prove it wrong if you are so hell bent on it not being true. Everyone is pulling for a change in the right direction, so good luck.

Just Wonderin'

January 3rd, 2011
6:31 pm

Why are white repubs people so angry?
I guess its because in the next two years the national party will crash and burn into obscurity.
can you say “raise the debt ceiling”?


January 3rd, 2011
6:36 pm

how bout the something for nothing crowd on wall street

Alvin Green Cousin

January 3rd, 2011
6:50 pm

My Cousin [ Alvin The Brain] managed to get 31% of the vote by simply putting his name on ballot against a Republican Dimwit in South Carolina……….


January 3rd, 2011
6:57 pm

A bit disappointed that Galloway/AJC published this. Next time, I’ll just visit

Logic 05

January 3rd, 2011
7:05 pm

Look at the Democrats that represents Georgia in the U.S. Congress and you will see why the Republican Party is growing.

Leftwing Democrat

January 3rd, 2011
7:06 pm

We like to keep everybody on the Democratic Plantation.

Sick & Tired Of Being Sick & Tired

January 3rd, 2011
7:17 pm

I am DEFNITELY NOT SURPRISED at all the “RACIST” comments being posted on this blog. Georgia always has been and will continue to be a racially divided State.

I am an Independent yet I had a problem voting for our elected govenor who could not even manage his own finances but is suppose to be able to handle the finances of the State…..WOW!!! Now that’s a stretch because he couldn’t even pass the financial background check to get hired by the company where I am employed. The majority of the elections are nothing more than popularity contests based on which candidate can outspend the other and which candidate can spread the most lies and half-truths about their competitors.


Bob Portman

January 3rd, 2011
7:38 pm

MY GOD!v I’m SHOCKED! I can’t believe that Black folk vote Democratic! There is some error here. Get your facts straight, Politics Man.

Born with a tan.

January 3rd, 2011
7:40 pm

Yes, term limits. I concur.


January 3rd, 2011
7:49 pm

Georgia Blue, I’m not a Republican because I’m white, I’m a Republican because I agree with the Republican party. If you want me to be a Democrat just because it’s the cool thing to do, sorry, it’s not going to happen.


January 3rd, 2011
7:52 pm

Great comments peckerwood! You, and jackasses like you, are the haters who don’t realize what the real issues are, but continually chase your tails trying to capture stupid legends. In a way I am happy that you are so vocal…it gives the people a chance to take an objective view of your stupidity. Next time you make a comment on this or any blog, try using proper contractions so that we will all know what the hell you are trying to say. Texas Tea, blacks have learned to vote for the one that will give/promise them something, quite in the same way that whites vote for those that have ideas that favor them and Asians, and Africans, and, I am sure that you get the picture. It is amazing how some people will write negative statements about other groups and be quite guilty of doing the same thing. For example, when I was a young college grad I was hired for a particular position. One of my co-workers said to me “You know Mike, the reason why you got this job is because your are Black.” I returned “Yes, and the reason why YOU got that job is because you are White.” Needless to say, for the remainder of my twenty years he was always my “friend”. You see, he realized that I was not accepting the Bull S. So when I see your little comments I am reminded of the same ole stuff. Blacks don’t want to marry your ugly sisters and nieces. Blacks don’t want to live next door to you so they can visit you and your dysfunctional families (and believe you me, they are just as dysfunctional as anyone else’s). Blacks don’t want to be invited to your back yard cook-outs and eat your half-done, poorly seasoned food. Blacks don’t want to go out their front doors in the morning and have to return smiles and waves to your fake smiles and waves. Why am I ranting? Listen to this statement: Democrats and Republicans are all members of the same Party…They are in Washington and you and I are here, trying to make it…we have been fed a bunch of BS by those who could impress us the most. Some of us realize this and some don’t. Some, like you fools, take it too seriously. You don’t realize that it is all a big game and that you are the ones getting PLAYED. Play on dummies!


January 3rd, 2011
8:07 pm

You morons don’t have to look to far for the reason black people vote for Democrats. READ your comments. You are RACISTS and BIGOTS. Why would anyone in their right mind vote for a party full of you Deliverance yahoos?

Mr. KnowitAll

January 3rd, 2011
8:14 pm

Well…let’s look at what the DemocRats have produced for the black community so far, after spending –LITERALLY–TRILLIONS of dollars on the War on Poverty:

–More Poverty
–More Illiterates
–More illegitimate fatherless families.
–Higher Unemployment in the black community.
–A disproportionate black crime rate.
–A higher foreclosure rate in the black community,
–Higher High School dropout rates

I could go on and on. So…what’s the plan democRats? Another Trillion Dollars or Two? Sorry, we now longer have that line of credit with China.

Any common sense black person would recognize the democRat party has been abysmal for the black community.


January 3rd, 2011
8:50 pm

The best comment,and most sensible(D&R are same)(TERM LIMITS) so we will not have to pay them now,and in retirement.


January 3rd, 2011
9:12 pm

It’s funny how most of these people on this blog think all black people think the same. It’s funny that most people don’t realize that black people like everyone else break down along class lines. There are upper class blacks, middle class blacks and lower class blacks like there are in every race. Every point that Mr KnowItAll just listed is endemic of poor communities and in Georgia like every other state there are many poor black people. I challenge everyone to leave metro Atlanta and go to one of the counties not outside of the Augusta, Macon, Savannah, or Columbus metro areas and visit the jails and you will see white people who are caught up in the same endless cycle of destitution and no hope of improvement. This isn’t about race….it’s about money and opportunity. Those who have the money keep it and maybe give us commoners a chance to earn some of it. Race is a convenient calling card…I have to ask…how was Georgia a Democratic stronghold in the first place? The Democrats of yesteryear practiced the same exclusionary politics of Republicans today. The Civil Rights Act from a Democratic President from the South was the last straw…one of those Ronald Reagan the party left me moments. Why should anyone vote for the Republican party in this state? In all seriousness what has the Republican party done for Georgia? How many Republicans in Georgia started their careers as Democrats? What did Perdue accomplish other than making all Georgians foot the bill for some pet projects in Houston County? Consider that some maybe alot of black people are voting for Democrats as a protest vote against the Republican party. Please believe that blacks are well aware that this is a red state when they go to the ballot box. One would think that the message of freedom, responsibility, and liberty would be enough but then to basically throw an entire race of people into one category so that another group of people can look down upon them, pass judgment, and maybe feel better about themselves knowing deep down that they are in similar circumstances…well that’s just sad. So please try moderating your message or better yet just stay on message and keep your unrequested opinions to yourselves and maybe there would be more crossover because alot of blacks are conservative in alot of ways but if you think blacks will vote for someone that calls them everything but a child of God well that’s just plain stupid.

Stayin' on the Plantation

January 3rd, 2011
9:30 pm

Let’s all get in line so we can get some mo of that gubmint cheese.


January 3rd, 2011
9:48 pm

Considering Georgia received more “gubmint cheese” back that it contributes in taxes I don’t think we have much to say.


January 3rd, 2011
9:57 pm

I love how if Blacks and other minorities all vote for one party it’s ok, but if white people do it then they’re just a bunch of backwoods rednecks. Who are the ignorant ones again? All you Dems can kiss our Red butts. This state grew tired of your Roy Barnes types for the last 140 years so we through you out. Good riddance. I’ll take a right wing crook like Sonny before I vote for a socialist, uh I mean Democrat ;) And if you don’t like it then like the famous southerner Lewis Grizzard said, “Delta’s ready when you are.” Oh and Georgia Blue, most of the politicians in Georgia who fought the Civil Rights movement were Democrats you idiot. The Civil Rights bill of 1964 passed through the U.S. Congress with huge GOP support their genius, look it up.

Bessemer Brat

January 3rd, 2011
10:42 pm

As a lone white man at my job, I work with 10 black folks in a relatively low income area, I have always considered myself openminded to other cultures, but I must admit I had my pre-conceptions about the black culture prior to accepting my position as part of the management staff. Pre-conceptions of ignorance due to lack of education or lack of direction, political blindness, government assisted state of mind, marital infidelity, women having babies and not even knowing who the father was, drugs, violence, laziness and lack of initiative.
Well, I wish I could say that most of this is NOT true. Unfortunately it is….. The one black guy I work with that does NOT represent any of these traits, is EDUCATED. He works hard and does a good job, stays faithful to his wife and is a good father to his young daughter. I am proud to know him and I respect him.
Out of the rest of the group, the 3 that are married all cheat on their spouses and suggest that I should get me some “side action”. The ones that are single are no better, although I guess it’s ok to cheat on your “girlfriend” or “boyfriend”.
Very few of them take initiative to do ANYTHING other than the bare minimum to get the job done. Even then, they have to be reminded that they are getting paid to stand around doing nothing. This is off subject, but what is it with black folks and all the damn sugar? It is so wonder that so many blacks are diabetic! Maybe sugar crash has something to do with the laziness. Try caffeine instead?
As far as politics goes, they blindly follow the democratic party because that is the popular mob mentality. None of them could tell you the difference between a republican and a democrat. All they know is “republican bad”….
I must admit that the folks I work with stay out of trouble for the most part and NONE do drugs, although one was a drug dealer in his previous profession.
It also refreshing that everyone has such a great sense of humor. Always cracking jokes and making me laugh.
The whites in the area I work in are trash…… pure trash… cheating , stealing, backstabbing, toothless trash. Of course, I doubt they are republican either. If I had to choose who I respect more between the 2 races in this part of town, I would choose the black folks.
I think education and solid parenting is key to solving most of the problems in the black community. It’s just going to take some “initiative” which is sorely lacking……

stoned Mountain

January 4th, 2011
7:47 am

Very interesting and thoughtful report, Bessener Brat. As I read you, education makes a difference, whether black or white. On that point we can all agree. It is also a hint where we should place our priorities. Better education could address much of the ignorance we read in this troublesome response to Galloway’s blog. I also like our point — watch that sugar! They don’t call it a “sugar high” for nothing.

shelley wynter

January 4th, 2011
10:32 am

One party rule is a bad thing and it is not better when the one party rule is in one constituency. Both whites and blacks in georgia stand to get nothing from elected officials who face a small chance of being ousted. see my blog posting at I hope its okay to “promote’ the blog, Jim Happy new year!!

Mr. KnowitAll

January 4th, 2011
10:51 am

Hey BW! All your blather doesn’t explain why blacks vote 90% democRat (and virtually 100% if a black opposes a white). (McCain/Oblablama). HUH?? Can’t hear you??

I think the justice brothers (Jesse & Sharpton) have a word you can learn.


January 4th, 2011
11:13 am

Republicans have too often been associated with too many anti-minority sentiments therefore black people are not going to join that party. You’ll get one or two who become the “face” of the “new GOP” but they are ineffective in getting the party to change. JC Watts didn’t leave the Congress cause he wasn’t getting re-elected each year. He left because of what he saw behind the scenes from his fellow Republicans who were not willing to work to make things better for ALL AMERICANS.

Retired Soldier

January 4th, 2011
12:46 pm


I have not seen any evidence of what you just posted. When and where did Watts say anything like that? Watts is still a republican and still a conservative. Wish we had hundreds, no thousands more like J.C. Watts. Where is your proof?


January 4th, 2011
3:26 pm


If you can’t understand why people are not going to vote for people that demonize them then this conversation is not worth having. Blacks either don’t vote or vote Democrat…like I said lay off the sanctimonious b.s. and some will vote Republican