Your daily jolt: 122,949 white Georgia voters went missing in 2012 presidential race

Black voters in Georgia turned out for the November presidential election at nearly the same rate as they did in 2008, while white voter turnout dropped measurably, according to demographic statistics released this week by Secretary of State Brian Kemp.

Usually calculated in the weeks following an election, a spokesman for Kemp said the statistics – gathered as required by the Voting Rights Act — were delayed by incomplete numbers from Fulton County. But the breakdown remains doubly important for political wonks, given that Georgia wasn’t included in any exit polling.

Last November, Republican challenger Mitt Romney beat Democratic incumbent Barack Obama in Georgia by 53 to 46 percent, doing slightly better than John McCain against Obama (52 percent to 47 percent) four years earlier.

But behind the percentages are some numbers that, in a state where race and voting preference run parallel to each other, ought to concern Republicans. White voter participation dropped by 122,949 in 2012, making up 61 percent of all November ballots. They cast 64 percent of the vote in 2008.

By contrast, the drop off among black Georgia voters was only 14,222, or 29.9 percent. In 2008, they cast 30 percent of all ballots. However, a weakness in African-American turnout stands out: Only 66 percent of black men registered to vote actually went to the polls. Turnout among black women and whites of both genders was in the mid-70s.

While their numbers remain low, the number of Georgia ballots cast by Hispanics and Asian-Americans increased in 2012.

See the vote broken down demographically by precincts here, by counties here, by congressional district here, and by age, race and gender here.

A summary:

Total 2012 African-American vote: 1,168,287 (29.9 percent)

2008: 1,182,509 (30 percent)

Total 2012 white vote: 2,399,345 (61 percent)

2008: 2,522,294 (64 percent)

Total 2012 Asian-Pacific vote: 39,699 (1 percent)

2008: 36,382 ( .9 percent)

Total 2012 Hispanic-Latino vote: 51,829 (1.3 percent)

2008: 43,717 (1.1 percent)

Total 2012 Native American vote: 1,029 (.03 percent)

2008: Not available.

Total 2012 “Other” vote: 34,412 (.9 percent)

2008: 36,272 (.9 percent)

Total 2012 “Unknown” vote: 213,899 (5 percent)

2008: 113,214 (2.8 percent)

Total 2012 turnout: 3,908,500 (73 percent of those registered)

2008: 3,934,388 (76 percent of those registered)

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On the 2016 front, over at Larry Sabato’s Crystal Ball, Emory University professor Alan Abramowitz has an analysis of a GOP plan to distribute electoral votes by congressional districts:

In the aftermath of the GOP’s 2012 defeat, this plan appears to be gaining momentum and was recently endorsed by the chairman of the Republican National Committee, Reince Priebus. On Wednesday, a bill to apportion electors by congressional district advanced through a subcommittee in the Virginia Senate.

The congressional district plan appears reasonable at first glance…. But there is a serious problem with this approach. Despite a superficial appearance of fairness, the congressional district plan would be profoundly undemocratic — skewing the results in favor of the party drawing the congressional district lines in a state and greatly increasing the chances of an Electoral College misfire (a victory by the candidate losing the national popular vote).

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Also looking to 2016, Democrats have hatched a plan to turn Texas blue. From Politico.com:

The organization, dubbed “Battleground Texas,” plans to engage the state’s rapidly growing Latino population, as well as African-American voters and other Democratic-leaning constituencies that have been underrepresented at the ballot box in recent cycles. Two sources said the contemplated budget would run into the tens of millions of dollars over several years – a project Democrats hope has enough heft to help turn what has long been an electoral pipe dream into reality.

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In an interview with NewsMax, GOP strategist Ralph Reed, chairman of the Faith and Freedom Coalition, has denounced the Pentagon’s decision to permit women to serve in comment as a sign that “liberal social policy has trumped sound military practice.”

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After you empty prisons, you’ve got a serious brick-and-mortar problem. From the Macon Telegraph:

Vacant Middle Georgia prisons must seek new missions or face dereliction, as the state moves to limit prison population growth.

The Georgia Department of Corrections has returned some $6 million to the state because a plan fell through to renovate the old Bostick State Prison on the Central State Hospital campus in Milledgeville and convert it into an inmate nursing home.

It was supposed to be a facility for inmates at the end of their lives or who have severe Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, Corrections Department Commissioner Brian Owens said during state budget hearings Wednesday. But there was not a large enough patient population, it turns out.

Clearly a new marketing strategy is required. I’m thinking upscale housing for those who want to survive the next zombie apocalypse.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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Aesop's Fables and other Lib Economic Theories

January 24th, 2013
10:50 am

Fulton county still doesn’t know how many votes they faked.

Aesop's Fables and other Lib Economic Theories

January 24th, 2013
10:58 am

It’s nice that Ralph Reed would speak to the obvious -

NAPLES, Italy — Facing a staggering 74 percent unintended pregnancy rate, the Navy has launched a family planning awareness and information campaign. Stars and Stripes
Published: January 7, 2013

This is your war on women, breaking up their families, creating thousands of single mothers, defiling them in every way imaginable. liberals wreck everything they touch. Do they do it on purpose, making more victims they can pander to?

And now you want to give the enemy a shot at them?

Toes The Line

January 24th, 2013
11:05 am

“liberal social policy has trumped sound military practice.”

What branch of the military did Ralph Reed serve in? (he didn’t)

BTW, wasn’t Jesus a peacemaker? Maybe Reed should study up on what’s been earning his bread for a while and go to church.

Voter

January 24th, 2013
11:07 am

Probably the same votes were counted twice too in some counties.

DJ Sniper

January 24th, 2013
11:20 am

You neo-cons are nothing but pure comedy! The GOP got their asses handed to them in the election, but you bitter bettys just can’t accept it. You keep whining and complaining about voter fraud, votes being counted twice, people being promised free stuff, etc etc. The problem is very simple: The GOP decided to only cater to older white voters while alienating damn near everybody else, and it backfired big time. You would think that the GOP would try and move in a different direction, but nope; they are continuing down the same path that got them here in the first place.

As for their plans to distribute electoral votes, that just reinforces my last paragraph. I guess it’s just too much work to try and put forth candidates that the general public would actually vote for, so they have to resort to shenanigans like this, as well as gerrymandering the crap out of voter districts to remain in power. Now you’ve got John Boehner saying that Obama wants to relegate the GOP to the dustbin of history. Obama doesn’t have to lift a finger; the GOP is doing a mighty fine job all on their own.

Why is Ralph Reed still trying to remain relevent?

Synonymous

January 24th, 2013
11:25 am

I wonder if all those white people that stayed home were hostile to Romney’s Mormonism. I still wonder how much – if at all – that affected turnout among Southern bible-thumpers…

Marlboro Man

January 24th, 2013
11:29 am

Reed is a worm, bet (ha ha) on it.

Kris

January 24th, 2013
11:37 am

I wonder if the problem with the vote counts was caused by the cuts in Education funding?

After all its pocket lining and assphalt money, not for education.

Rumor has it that in and around the gold dome (of crooks), some of the Ladies of the evening are complaining politicians are trying to pay them with Birth control pills,. That’s cash only!

Good riddance shady Crooked deal 2014
John Barge for Governor 2014? Well at least he is educated.

Retired Soldier

January 24th, 2013
11:43 am

Toes the line-

What branch of the military did Obama serve in? Last time I checked the 1st amendment applies to all, regardless of military service.

That said, women in the infantry, special forces, et al. Absurd.

DJ Sniper

January 24th, 2013
12:07 pm

Why is it so absurd for women to be in the infantry or special forces? Do some of ya’ll really believe that women aren’t fit for that line of work?

MrLiberty

January 24th, 2013
12:15 pm

I wasn’t missing. I consciously decided not to participate in the sham. Romney was the worst possible candidate the republicans could have put forth (aside from McCain) and there was certainly no way I was going to vote for the current dictator.

It should be clear to everyone that the two political parties, acting on behalf of the powers that be, choose the two candidates they will allow us to choose from. There is basically NO difference between the two parties anymore on substantive issues (foreign policy, domestic policy, the debt, the failed war on drugs, continuing the empire abroad, sound money – or lack thereof, continued inflation, deficit spending, warfare, welfare, etc. so what is the point. Their candidates reflect these commonalities and so the problems continue unabated no matter which party gets in power. There is of course a conscious effort on the part of the media and others to diminish any 3rd party with sound economic and foreign policy principles and the two major parties work tirelessly to enact legislation making it nearly impossible for other candidates to even get on the ballot.

If voting mattered, it would be illegal.

Nothing would be any different if Romney had been elected.

findog

January 24th, 2013
12:17 pm

Retired,
Women are in the special forces; they are those allowed to talk with Muslim women in SW Asia/NE Africa.

Change the way congressional maps are drawn, then the electoral college. No gerrymandering, no safe districts, no split city’s based on RR tracks, no big rush of cash to take over state legislatures for the redrawing of boundaries after each census.

Aesop's Fables and other Lib Economic Theories

January 24th, 2013
12:17 pm

A 19 year old soldier, filled with raging hormones, needs to be completely focused on his surroundings and the task at hand. Even the slightest distraction can lead his whole platoon into an ambush or get him entangled in a booby trap, among many other disasters.

Unit cohesion and teamwork is another component to the success of an infantry unit and jealousy, anger and rejection can rip that all apart.

And what about the foolishness of being a spur of the moment hero when our damsel is in distress?

What about high unit turnover when our girl gets pregnant?

Apparently you never served and have no idea about the damage that can be done by this.

And now you get your chance to tell us how the mission, the whole reason why soldiers risk their lives, is benefited by this.

Retired Soldier

January 24th, 2013
12:24 pm

DJ-

If you asked that question, you haven’t served in those parts of the service. Yes there are physical differences, that’s why there is different stands on the physical fitness tests for men and women.

findog-

There are womwn is support units, not in Special Forces units themself. Until now, barred by law.

HOBO JOE

January 24th, 2013
12:25 pm

Mr. Liberty (I saw you advertising tax preparations at Claremont & N Decatur this morning): You talk about “the two political parties” and “the media” the same way some people like to talk about “the government”–as if they were something other than a simple, market-driven reflection of the middle-of-the-road attitudes of most American voters. The Republicans and the Democrats have overlapping platforms for the same reasons that different brands of grocery store carry the same basic products–because they are trying to appeal to the widest customer base possibly. If you have a problem with the status quo, put the blame where it belongs–on us, the voters, the citizens. And if Ron Paul is any indication of what kinds of crackpot ideas we can expect from third parties, then they can stay irrelevant as far as I’m concerned.

DJ Sniper

January 24th, 2013
12:25 pm

It’s obvious that Aesop is some old bitter person who believes that all women are high strung, overly emotional creatures that would jeopordize any combat mission that they are involved in. I know quite a few military women that could prove you very wrong.

You’re exactly the type of person today’s GOP continues to cater to.

Aesop's Fables and other Lib Economic Theories

January 24th, 2013
12:33 pm

NAPLES, Italy — Facing a staggering 74 percent unintended pregnancy rate, the Navy has launched a family planning awareness and information campaign. Stars and Stripes Published: January 7, 2013

BehindEnemyLines

January 24th, 2013
12:40 pm

Speaking as one of those missing white voters I can offer a partial explanation for them: I had no interest in choosing between Obama and ObamaLite (aka Malleable Mitt). 4 years prior I held my nose and voted for McCain as the lesser of two evils, spent four years being uncomfortable about voting for someone I didn’t believe would have been a significant improvement anyway, couldn’t bring myself to do it again.

I did show up at the polls and I did vote, just not in races where there was no acceptable option.

HOBO JOE

January 24th, 2013
12:42 pm

Sap’s Feeble: The reason the Navy has a 74 percent unintended pregnancy rate is probably because they have had ignorant fools cut from the Ralph Reed cloth handling sex ed and counseling. I suppose you think that women are also to blame for the abominable rate of rape and sexual assault in the military???

http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/the-womens-blog-with-jane-martinson/2012/oct/29/rape-military-shocking-truth

GaBlue

January 24th, 2013
12:42 pm

Aesop’s Fables @ 12:17,

Re: the 19-yr-old raging hormones: It’s not a newsflash that these young men are in a um.. “heightened” state 6 hours a day whether a woman is there or not.

Re: the damsel-in-distress fantasy: Storybook chivalry does not exist in the younger generation. There is no virgin-madonna complex anymore. Women are not seen as sacred temples to be protected. Newsflash: It wasn’t true for YOUR generation either, just a lame marketing ploy to keep wimminfolk in their place.

Just sayin’.

findog

January 24th, 2013
12:44 pm

Retired,
Women are out there humping the boonies with the combat arms guys; detached/attached from those CS/CSS units
The Israelis army has women, just as long as they are not Hassidic, out there protecting the promised land
Side note: weird that those who seek exemption to study their religion will not serve to protect its existence in the middle east

Aesop,
Unit cohesion has been the excuse idiots have used to keep the military from successfully adapting to reality: troop desegregation, women in uniform, reality based budgets, gays serving openly, and now women in combat arms MOS slots.

Aesop's Fables and other Lib Economic Theories

January 24th, 2013
12:50 pm

Look at these freakish joseph mengele social experiment liberals just ignoring the big question -

What benefit does it provide the mission, morons?

HOBO JOE

January 24th, 2013
12:58 pm

Ah, a comparison to Naziism… the last refuge of the intellectually bankrupt.

You can look up the benefits that a mixed-gender policy is thought to provide elsewhere, I don’t have time to do your background reading for you. Considering the terrible rate of return that we’ve been getting on our foreign military adventures, maybe we could benefit from a different approach.

Aesop's Fables and other Lib Economic Theories

January 24th, 2013
1:00 pm

But I will answer their questions, which is no big problem -

The reason the Navy has a 74 percent unintended pregnancy rate is probably because they have had ignorant fools cut from the Ralph Reed cloth handling sex ed and counseling.

Works real good up there in the hood, too, don’t it?

Women are not seen as sacred temples to be protected.

Maybe in your freakish little world – ***No event in the entire Iraq war has electrified Americans like the daring rescue of the young soldier Pfc. Jessica Lynch. The vast outpouring of emotion sheds new perspective on the often-debated question of women in combat.***

The Israelis army has women, just as long as they are not Hassidic, out there protecting the promised land.

Israel is a country of 6 million people facing a lunatic blood thirsty enemy that numbers in the billions. Let’s try to find something a bit more relative to the situation, shall we?

Aesop's Fables and other Lib Economic Theories

January 24th, 2013
1:03 pm

Considering the terrible rate of return that we’ve been getting on our foreign military adventures, maybe we could benefit from a different approach.

440,000 dead in World War II and 3500 in Iraq.

Does a liberal know anything?

Aesop's Fables and other Lib Economic Theories

January 24th, 2013
1:07 pm

Bottom line – If it cannot be proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that this will not unnecessarily cause the deaths of any of our brave soldiers, I am against it. Hate on me if you must.

Some people obviously don’t see it that way and I couldn’t care less about the lives of our soldiers. Like hillary says, what difference does it make?

Aesop's Fables and other Lib Economic Theories

January 24th, 2013
1:08 pm

Typing too fast, pardon me – Some people obviously don’t see it that way and couldn’t care less about the lives of our soldiers. Like hillary says, what difference does it make?

HOBO JOE

January 24th, 2013
1:09 pm

“Works real good up there in the hood, too, don’t it?”

You know as much about “the hood” as you do about the military. What is your point? Do you agree with your conservative brethren that women soldiers who are raped should be forced to carry the baby to term and give it up for adoption?

DJ Sniper

January 24th, 2013
1:11 pm

Aesop, you keep bringing up this 74% rate of unintended pregnancies, yet you continue to ignore the fact that the military has a serious problem with sexual assault. These women aren’t getting pregnant by themselves you know.

I swear, you sound like one of those old coots who believe that women should be seen and not heard.

HOBO JOE

January 24th, 2013
1:13 pm

Oh yeah, we’ve gotten good at minimizing our own casualties–that is not what I meant by “rate of return.” I’m talking about “results,” in the form of political / social change for the better in the countries that we are adventuring in.

Aesop's Fables and other Lib Economic Theories

January 24th, 2013
1:19 pm

My goodness, more than 7 out of 10 Navy women are pregnant and the liberals can’t even see the big picture. Real good idea to turn our Navy, created solely for the defense of our nation, into giant episode of the Love Boat.

Fools.

And Mengele is a very apt example of your asinine social experimentation, he used to sew twins together to see if they grew into one person, what excuses do you have for all the mindless damage you’ve done to this country?

GaBlue

January 24th, 2013
1:23 pm

Aesop’s Fables,

The Jessica Lynch card? Really? Yes, the PR version of that story was gripping indeed. Too bad she had to come out publicly later to explain that most of it was BS. Talk to me about how much the men in our military revere women when the RAPE RATE drops, and when female military personnel (and civilians who work with our over-paid “defense contractor firms”) stop reporting not only being raped, but being punished for reporting it.

Then talk to me about how much YOU respect women, after you apologize for every mean, sexist, disgusting thing you ever said about Hillary Clinton, a woman who stood by her husband, has an amazing work ethic, and never put herself out there in sl*tty clothes.

Aesop's Fables and other Lib Economic Theories

January 24th, 2013
1:38 pm

I take back what I said about liberals and Mengele, Mengele was a sadists, I’ve come to realize that liberals have no ulterior motives, they are just stupid.

Check it out, gablue, if you put women on the front lines, they’ll get raped there too. What do you think I’m talking about????????? And want to PREVENT?????????

Aesop's Fables and other Lib Economic Theories

January 24th, 2013
1:41 pm

Keep in mind, these are the same mindless liberals that say daddy can’t help but his daughter so we must have an abortion clinic on every street corner, sickos.

DJ Sniper

January 24th, 2013
1:45 pm

I didn’t think it was possible for anybody to be more unhinged than td, but I was obviously mistaken.

honested

January 24th, 2013
1:47 pm

Poor rancid priebus.
Did he think that we would blindly accept his ‘if we can’t win, we’ll cheat’ Electoral Vote proposal?
Better we set aside the Electoral College once and for all….

And bid adieu to the teapublican scourge for good!

honested

January 24th, 2013
1:51 pm

And for those with a problem about Female soldiers, let’s solve the problem with numbers.
Close all offshore bases, bring all our troops home and cut our troop strength by 60%.

Then let who’s best out of who’s left do the job.

Hollywould

January 24th, 2013
1:52 pm

Aesop. I am with you. I can see our troops making a run for it and someone says ” Hold up, wait on Sally.” There is a reason there is the NBA and WNBA. There is a reason there are no pro baseball players that are women. Yeah, I want a 4ft11 inch 100 lb woman fighting with me. Man, just because some of you think it is politically correct not everything is right about political correctness. Simple survival

DJ Sniper

January 24th, 2013
1:57 pm

Now we have another idiot in here trying to compare military service with pro sports. Ladies and gentlemen, your GOP voter base.

td

January 24th, 2013
1:58 pm

If women think they are good enough to fight then so be it. Now since we have decided that women can die in the trenches as well as men then maybe you leftest will concede that men can raise children as well as women? It is time for 50/50 custody to be mandated in divorce cases and unwed children. Men are just as good as women at raising children and should be given equal rights in this area instead of women receiving custody 85% of the time.

honested

January 24th, 2013
2:04 pm

td,

Well I salute you for spitting into your massa’s eye!

WOW

January 24th, 2013
2:06 pm

@TD
Can’t believe I am saying this, but I absolutely agree.

@ Retired
If you asked that question, you haven’t served in those parts of the service. Yes there are physical differences, that’s why there is different stands on the physical fitness tests for men and women.

My understanding is that the physical fitness test will now be the same for the combat roles.

Aesop's Fables and other Lib Economic Theories

January 24th, 2013
2:08 pm

For real, Hollywood. Just think of how pissed off these libs would be if the Lakers had a girl at center. My goodness, we’d have riots in the streets.

Shar

January 24th, 2013
2:17 pm

Aesop: If you read the Stars and Stripes article, you will immediately notice that 74% of all PREGNANT female sailors report that their pregnancies were unplanned, NOT that 74% of all female sailors are. The article goes on to state that the Navy’s rate compares to 65% of all pregnant women across all the services and 49% of all pregnant women in the United States. The US number is lower, no doubt, because it includes pregnant women who are older than the average service woman and who are better at using birth control and planning their pregnancies. The article does not state the rate of intended-unintended pregnancies among all US women in the same age bracket as service members, but I would guess that it would be a lot closer to the reported military rates.

As far as the hormonally-drunk 19 year old you hypothesize, your argument is the same as those that seek to excuse sexual assault by blaming the woman for being somewhere she “shouldn’t have been” or wearing clothes that her rapist found too enticing to resist. The answer is not to shove the woman back behind the kitchen counter so the 19 year old won’t be tempted, the answer is to change the behavior of the male. The commanders of Lackland Air Force Base testified just yesterday that the appalling rate of rapes there were due to intimidation of female recruits and the belief among the raping supervisors that they would not be held to account. They accepted responsibility for bad discipline and “weaknesses in the command structure” and have put changes in place not to drive women out but to make punishments for predators harsh and highly likely.

As far as women’s effectiveness in combat, I know that Israeli women have proved to be invaluable in that army and see no reason why American women would be deficient. This change was requested by the Joint Chiefs, and under Panetta’s rules commanders can identify combat responsibilities that women are not fit for, and request exemptions. However, women in the military have just as much right as their male counterparts to serve without being preyed upon, to serve their country and to do so in such as way as to maximize their career potential.

BG

January 24th, 2013
2:35 pm

Black people were going to vote for Obama.

Aesop's Fables and other Lib Economic Theories

January 24th, 2013
2:35 pm

the answer is to change the behavior of the male.

OK, Mengele, you tell us, how does it benefit the mission of the Armed Forces?

“History shows that the presence of women has had a devastating impact on the effectiveness of men in battle,” wrote John Luddy in July 27, 1994, for the Heritage Foundation backgrounder.

“For example, it is a common misperception that Israel allows women in combat units. In fact, women have been barred from combat in Israel since 1950, when a review of the 1948 Arab-Israeli War showed how harmful their presence could be. The study revealed that men tried to protect and assist women rather than continue their attack. As a result, they not only put their own lives in greater danger, but also jeopardized the survival of the entire unit. The study further revealed that unit morale was damaged when men saw women killed and maimed on the battlefield,” Luddy said.

General Simms

January 24th, 2013
2:36 pm

DJ Sniper. You sir are CLUELESS! And so is your Liberal Party and Moron President. You say the GOP is out of touch? Please. Most of the country on election night was red. Obama won the minority vote(shocker), the youth, and the single women because, like every liberal, promised them the world. Keep wishing on that dream. The big cities are too liberal are so far up Obozo’s butt they can’t see straight. The GOP will be fine and be back in 2016. The U.S. , the real U.S. sees right through Obama and his Dictating. But please, keep thinking the GOP is dead or out of touch.

honested

January 24th, 2013
2:41 pm

general simms,

You might want to polish your math skills..
‘Most of the country’ on election night was ‘blue’ and the majority of the votes cast around the country were ‘blue’.
Were it not for careful gerrymandering, the minority republican party would be exercising no influence over policy, which would be a good thing for the American people.

WOW

January 24th, 2013
2:44 pm

Most of the country on election night was red.

That really doesn’ t matter since most of the vote was blue. The total vote for the House of Representatives actually favored the Democrats as well. So the only reason the Republicans have any power is because of state level gerrymandering. But hey, keep your eyes closed and you will see that your party will not win another national election for a long time, if it doesn’t change.

makers vs takers

January 24th, 2013
2:51 pm

Aesop is handing the liberals their butt’s today. GaBlue, when you lose all moral basis and reject natural roles for women and men, you get social deterioration. Women is combat, no reason for it. Women are designed to be kinder and gentler, more loving and caring. Men are designed to be more agressive and protect women. Do you want our military to become Andy Kaufman’s Womens Wrestling League? Andy dominated those poor girl, with his tongue firmly in cheek. 99% of most women would be totally dominated physically by all but the weakest men. This type thinking by Fulton County allowed the killer to escape confinement and kill the judge and clerk in the courtroom and couple years ago.