African-Americans cast 28 percent of November ballots in Georgia

Secretary of State Brian Kemp has posted the demographic breakdown of those who cast ballots in the November 2010 general election.

Which helped prompt Jim Coonan, the Atlanta-based Democratic consultant, write this quick note:

There are two very interesting reports out today, especially so when read together and in the context of Georgia’s 2006 and 2010 elections.

The first is the demographic breakdown of votes cast in the 2010 election posted on the Secretary of State’s website. It shows that the African-American share of both the pool of registered voters and the actual votes cast continued its upward trend in 2010. Here are African-American voters as a percent of all registered voters at the time of the general election:

– 2002: 25.62%

– 2006: 27.18%

– 2010: 29.27%

And here are African-American voters as a percent of all votes cast in the general election:

– 2002: 22.60%

– 2006: 24.06%

– 2010: 28.18% [of 2.6 million cast]

In other words, the Democratic party’s base African-American vote has grown.

The second report comes from Gallup, which pooled data from all of its party ID questions asked over the course of last year (“Number of Solidly Democratic States Cut in Half From ‘08 to ‘10”). The sample size for Georgia comes to 9,660 respondents, and (with Independents “leaned”), the partisan breakdown last year was

– Democrats 41.4%

– Republicans 43.0%

In other words, the underlying partisanship of the electorate says that Democrats are very competitive in Georgia.

And yet, Georgia Democrats got clobbered. That our base is turning out and voters are evenly split in their underlying partisanship and yet we are still getting clobbered tells us just how bad a job our Party has been doing at persuading swing voters that our platform and our programs actually work for them.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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15 comments Add your comment

S. Dekalb Voter

February 21st, 2011
3:01 pm

And all the pundits thought African Americans were going to stay at home for the election last year. Something obviously drove them to the polls.


February 21st, 2011
3:10 pm

If only the president could animate the working class to work in their best interest the way the GOP does. As we’ve seen in Wisconsin and on Capital Hill, it takes GOP leaders threatening workers’ rights before they figure out which party’s helping them and which one is helping its corporate (read: Koch) masters.

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February 21st, 2011
3:26 pm

Were they all black African-Americans, or does that include Arabs and Berbers?

Unrepentant Sodomite

February 21st, 2011
5:12 pm

Very recent Yahoo story, with hundreds of racist comments, discussed new census figures which showed massive black migration to Jawja. Looks like it will be majority minority reversal very soon. Gooberstan gonna get a goobernor from de dark side soon. Ooh-la-lah!!!!!!!!!!


February 21st, 2011
5:51 pm

Did the democratic party have any candidates worth voting for?

No Dog in this Hunt

February 21st, 2011
6:01 pm

We will soon be purple, if we aren’t already.

Oh Joe

February 21st, 2011
6:47 pm

the Democrats had to cheat to win their only legislative pickup!

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Judge Dawg

February 21st, 2011
9:14 pm

This means squat because African American votes are concentrated around the Metro Areas ..the rest of Jaw Jia is lily white..


February 21st, 2011
10:36 pm

The Gallup poll sampling must have been very flawed, judging by the way all the elections went in GA this past November, and I sure wouldn’t hang my hat on it. (or most of those self-described Democrats stayed home on election day) The fact 28% of voters were A-A is a more solid fact, but the election outcome proved that Dems, even if they received every A-A vote, couldn’t get 22% plus 1 from all other voters including whites.

The media has successfully portrayed the Democratic Party as the party of blacks, foreigners, and a few ultra-liberal urban whites in the state of Georgia. It’s going to be a long hard road for Dem candidates to win anything statewide. They will continue to win in the small number of racially-packed gerrymandered congressional and legislative districts, but won’t be a force to be reckoned with for many years.

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February 22nd, 2011
11:46 am

I agree with Interested’s second paragraph…which is why, as a Black guy, I’m opposed to the section of the Voting Rights Act which requires the drawing of “majority-Black” districts. It distorts the true representation of the state’s residents. If 42% of the state is Democrat and 44% of the state is Republican, then why is the Congressional delegation so lopsided?

And they say gerrymandering only helps the “Liberals”.


February 22nd, 2011
2:29 pm

@Self_Made, it’s good to see that at least one A-A sees the rope-a-dope game Republican administration Departments of Justice have played on Georgia (and other Southern states, for that matter) for the past 45 years, by turning the VRA on its head and using it to create a permanent Black political minority.

Unless I missed something, there is actually NO requirement for drawing “majority Black” districts. That bureaucratic interpretation by Richard Nixon’s DOJ following the 1970 Census worked to his Party’s benefit and got carried forward to this day.

Reapportionment lines for 1970, 1980, 1990, and 2000 were all determined by Republican DOJ’s under the pre-clearance requirement of VRA’s Section 5, that requires Georgia and several other states to send everything regarding their election process to the DOJ for amending, changing to their liking. Section 5 was written into the Act to expire at the end of 5 years, but Nixon and his gang found it worked so well for gerrymandering and controlling the South that Republican and misguided Black congressmen made sure the section got repeatedly extended.

This is the first time for 5 decades that we have a Democratic administration to preside over reapportionment. We will see whether Obama’s DOJ recognizes the reality and refuses to accept segregated district lines that perpetuate the permanent Black political minority. It would sure be refreshing to get districts that make geographic sense and are composed of an integrated populace regardless of party or race – the actual objective of the VRA.

Burroughston Broch

February 23rd, 2011
1:46 pm

Three observations:
1. A smaller percentage of registered black voters voted in the last election than of non-black voters. This despite every effort of the State Democratic Party.
2. The best any Democratic candidate for statewide office could do was 43% of the vote, with Michael Thurmond the lowest at 39%. The Democrats didn’t do well with the independent voters.
3. There is a greater percentage of independent voters than this poll suggests.