Black voters cast more than one-third of 1.9 million early Georgia ballots

Updated at 1:35 p.m.: Nearly 1.9 million votes have already been cast in Tuesday’s general election in Georgia — 35 percent of all those registered, according to figures released this morning by Secretary of State Brian Kemp.

But if you calculate a 70 percent turnout rate by 7 p.m. Tuesday, the number of early votes would tally more than half. (Turnout was 75 percent in 2008.)

Early voting in Georgia concluded on Friday. The most surprising number: Without an overt campaign in this state on behalf of President Barack Obama, African-American turnout for early voting matched the 2008 rate, at 34 percent of all advanced ballots cast.

In Georgia, that won’t change the outcome of the presidential race. Republican Mitt Romney will carry the day – but the number is sure to encourage Democrats as they cast their eyes toward 2014 and beyond.

This was noted by Gov. Nathan Deal on Saturday during an address to the Cobb County GOP. Said the governor, according to Jon Gillooly and the Marietta Daily Journal:

“If the vote in 2012 shows a dramatic increase in Democrat turnout and Democrat votes versus Republicans even though we may still have a majority of the vote and even though our electoral votes in the Electoral College may still and hopefully will go to Gov. Romney, those differences in the vote totals of one side versus the other will be the primary indicator of whether or not we will see a significant effort of resurgence in the Democratic Party.”

Heavy African-American turnout could bode ill for the statewide vote on Amendment One, the charter school measure.

Note that the top two counties that produced the most votes — 17 percent of all early votes cast — are considered Democratic territory:

– DeKalb: 160,820;

– Fulton: 153,122;

– Cobb: 124,025;

– Gwinnett: 107,788;

– Henry: 62,723.

Just in case things get tight on Tuesday night, the secretary of state’s office reports that 201,132 mail-in ballots have been received, and 73,168 remain outstanding.

Here’s a further breakdown:

Total early votes cast: 1,882,558

Black female: 406,784

Black male: 228,286

Total black: 635,070 (34 percent)

White female: 606,884

White male: 504,476

Total white: 1,111,360 (59 percent)

Asian-Pacific female: 6,874

Asian-Pacific male: 5,285

Total Asian-Pacific: 12,159 (.6 percent)

Hispanic-Latino female: 9,007

Hispanic-Latino male: 6,559

Total Hispanic-Latino: 15,566 (.8 percent)

Native American female: 212

Native American male: 196

Total Native American: 408 (.02 percent)

Other: 104,101 (5.5 percent)

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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30 comments Add your comment


November 5th, 2012
9:26 am

We all knew that the African American community would come out in force to vote for their messiah and chief. The real question is what are the under 30 early vote totals and what is the over 65 totals.


November 5th, 2012
9:31 am

good for them ??

Danny O

November 5th, 2012
9:33 am

I’d like to know which counties see the highest and lowest percentages of early voters.

An observer

November 5th, 2012
9:36 am

Headline – Whites cast nearly 60% of early vote. Enough of these racial headlines! Of course, Jim Galloway is a white southerner who cannot get past his upbringing.

B. Thenet

November 5th, 2012
9:54 am

So much for the “enthusiasm gap” the GOP claims to enjoy. The public polls the conservatives have been attacking as unfair or misleading, just may be correct after all.

Newt is nuts

November 5th, 2012
9:57 am

I realize you rarely comment on your own blog, Ji, but I’m curious as to what your thoughts are about the Dems giving up so easily on Georgia for the presidential race.

Newt is nuts

November 5th, 2012
9:58 am

Sorry about the typo, Jim.

Mary Elizabeth

November 5th, 2012
9:58 am

Democrats, turn out the vote in large numbers for President Obama tomorrow. You not only can effect Georgia’s future for the better, but you can also effect the popular vote for Obama nationally. I heard an analyst on TV over the weekend say that even though Georgia is presently a Red State, there are many Georgians who are Blue in their beliefs and values, and this analyst said that Georgia will be in play as a Purple state, in the future.

Keep national eyes on Georgia, and keep Democrats running for office in Georgia for Georgia’s Legislature. Vote in large numbers for President Obama tomorrow.

Whirled Peas

November 5th, 2012
10:07 am

How does he know this? Who stands around and records the ethnicity of the early voter? What if someone looks hispanic but is really Egyptian? What if someone looks white but is Hispanic? What if someone’s name is Jones but his mother is Gonzalez? Jim Galloway, a true racist, just loves to paint other whites as racist. I guess this help him conquer his personal guilt pangs. Pretty much everything that comes out of his keyboard is nonsense.


November 5th, 2012
10:11 am

B. Thenet

November 5th, 2012
9:54 am

So much for the “enthusiasm gap” the GOP claims to enjoy. The public polls the conservatives have been attacking as unfair or misleading, just may be correct after all.

And who ever said African Americans were not going to turn out for Obama? It is the youth, the over 65 and the white suburban married woman with children and the single white women that are going to be the difference.

Last election the under 30 age group made up 17% of all voters and the over 65 made up 17% of all voters. What will those %’s be this time is the question? It has nothing to do with African American turnout.


November 5th, 2012
10:20 am


Keep whistling.
I believe by the end of the day tomorrow (after the President has been handily re-elected) there will be reason for the OnePartyState to re-evaluate it’s ‘do nothing but take revenge on Democrats’ strategy.


November 5th, 2012
10:28 am

And the walking round money is up to thirty dollars this year.


November 5th, 2012
10:49 am

Good for the black folks. They are voting in large numbers despite the GOP’s efforts to suppress their votes. The GOP will live to regret their racist policies in the future as more and more minorities become eligible to vote.


November 5th, 2012
11:10 am

If African-American turnout is heavy in Georgia, imagine what it will be in Pennsylvania and Ohio. Voter ID backlash!


November 5th, 2012
11:13 am

If you can’t make your case, use race


November 5th, 2012
11:24 am

No one is trying to suppress anyone’s vote, unless the black panthers are at it again. I wonder what percentage of black voters casted more than one vote? That would be an interesting fact to learn!

My prediction for the presidential race is Romney, 55%, Hussein 45%. This election isn’t even going to be close! I’m sure Obama will claim that his loss was all George Bush’s fault. After all, he has accepted responsibility for absolutely nothing in the past nearly four years.

Suck it up, losers. Your messiah is going down in inglorious defeat.


November 5th, 2012
11:40 am

Dear Newt is nuts:

I still think Dems made an appropriate call. Remember that the above numbers also reflect no significant investment by Romney’s forces, either. To put Georgia in play at this point would require the registration of several hundred thousand African-Americans who aren’t on the rolls. And that takes serious cash — which, clearly, Dems felt could be better spent elsewhere. Like Ohio, maybe.


November 5th, 2012
11:43 am

“Like Ohio, maybe.”

The dims will lose Ohio, too.


November 5th, 2012
11:49 am

MITT THE MESSIAH will lose big


November 5th, 2012
11:50 am

Believe it or not the President can win Georgia once the Romney supporters realize Kolob is on the table.


November 5th, 2012
12:33 pm

I voted early in an unavailing effort to make this election go away. I’ll be so glad when Wednesday rolls around. Thank heavens we don’t live in a “battleground state” – I understand those poor souls are being inundated with over 100 messages (across all media) a day.


November 5th, 2012
1:28 pm

It would have been interesting to see what would have happened if the Democrats had money to burn like the Republicans and had invested meaningful resources into Georgia. My own view is that the key long term demographic to watch is Hispanic voting. Over the long haul, the Republicans have painted themselves into a difficult corner.

Sad for MY wonderful State of GA

November 5th, 2012
2:36 pm

It really saddens me that everything boils down to race in MY state and that there is so much negativity towards one another because of race. “CC” why do assume that blacks voted more than once. History says this has been done more by whites than anyone else. And why is everyone assuming that of the 1.1M white voters that everyone of them voted for Mitt Romney? I know MANY white Democrats…they actually out number blacks in GA.

God is not pleased with the way we treat one another, the assumptions we make about one another and the utter disregard we have for the well-being of one another. Regardless of what anyone feels about the POTUS’ policies no one can argue that he has not tried in every way to do what the believes is in the best interest of this country…not for personal gain as many of our president’s have.

Real American

November 5th, 2012
4:10 pm

Watch cc and td disappear after tomorrow. LOL

Deshaun Sanders

November 5th, 2012
4:37 pm

@ LaKeisha
re: 10:28

Over the years, Cynthia Tucker would occasionally mention in some of her columns that a little “walking around money” would be passed out on election day. I didn’t half believe it because…if it’s so obvious that a newspaper columnist knew about it…then surely election officials could catch it going on. (Is it legal to pay people to go and vote?)
But sure enough…this past Friday morning…my neighbor asked me if I wanted to go, and told me that her church bus would be coming by soon to take everybody to the polling station. I told her that I had already voted, and she couldn’t believe I was so stupid. Apparently if I had waited and caught the bus, I could have voted (without having to fight the traffic) and gotten twenty dollars for me trouble, as well. (Don’t know where you have to go to get thirty.)
Live and learn, I guess…


November 5th, 2012
5:35 pm

How can the last choice of the republican party be the first choice of america? The math just isnt there. Mitt will not win because southern whites distrust him even more (quiet as its kept) than Barack Obama. He isnt convincing and hasnt been this election cycle. Georgia Republicans are mad as hell that they are wasting votes on a loser…….

another comment

November 5th, 2012
6:46 pm

Alot of us White Dems and liberals have just kept our mouths shut in Georgia around the ignorant white Republicans. We keep to our selves and laugh at you. We talk to our black and hispanic friends about what ignorant raciests you are.

Georgia is alot more Purple than you think. It was Blue 10 years ago!. Roy Barnes still pulled in 40+% in the last election. How many of you wish you had elected him rather than corrupt, give a buddy or mistress a job Deal.

Obama is going to surprize some people and take Georgia. After all “Honey Boo Boo” told Jimmy Kimmel she was for Obama.

American Male

November 5th, 2012
7:29 pm

No guilt here. If its racist to want everyone who is fit and able to have the opportunity to provide for themselves, well then, pass the white hood.


November 6th, 2012
2:39 am

it’ll all be over bout 10 pm tommorow,then it’ll be interesting to see how the gop trys to reinvent themselves


November 6th, 2012
8:15 am

No surprise! The only reason half of them are voting is because of the race card.