Can Black Voters Tip the Scales for the Democrats?

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama arrive for a rally for the Democratic National Committee at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. (Saul Loeb/Getty)

In 2008, African-American voters came out in record numbers to vote for Barack Obama. This week, President Obama began a media push to reach out to those same voters, appearing as a call-in guest on The Tom Joyner Show and the Al Sharpton Show, among others. But will it be possible to convince previously excited "Yes We Can" supporters to vote, even without Obama on the ballot?

William Boone, professor of political science at Clark Atlanta University, says that while it's impossible to expect the same black voter turnout as 2008, it will still be higher than previous midterm elections.


William Boone

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Kateri A. Jochum

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