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Black voters still energized

Black voters still energized
Krissah Thompson and Nia-Malika Henderson, Washington Post | October 15, 2010

Historically, black turnout for midterm elections has lagged behind the national average, but two new reports offer a bullish outlook for this year.

major survey conducted by The Washington Post, the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation and Harvard University found that 80 percent of black Democrats are as interested or more interested in the midterms than they were in the 2008 presidential election, when their enthusiasm helped propel Barack Obama into office.

This year, 62 percent of all black Democrats say they’re likely to encourage others to support certain candidates, according to the survey, compared with 47 percent of white Democrats and 57 percent of all Republicans.

And the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, which researched the black electorate, said in a report Thursday that African American participation in November may be higher than in many past midterm elections.  (Read the full article)