Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Obama Not Really Having Trouble Getting White Votes

Despite the media's (and the Clinton Campaign's) insistence, Obama is not having trouble getting the votes of white people. Sure it sounds good to look at predominantly white states like West Virginia and extrapolate that Clinton won there easily because whites were hesitant to vote for him, but it's not the whole story.

West Virginia clearly is predominantly white, but it's also relatively small compared to other primary states (approx 330,000 total votes cast in the Democratic primary). Furthermore, it's residents are generally older and less educated that other primary states. So really all the victory proves for Clinton is that she has an advantage in older, less educated white votes -- not all white votes.

Let's look at the total popular vote as reported by RealClearPolitics:

Obama: 16,104,613
Clinton:
15,511,003

(Those numbers do not include states that have not released official popular vote totals. When estimates from those states are included, Obama gains 300k+ and Clinton gains 200k+.)

So Obama has a lead of just under 600,000 votes. But more to the point, he has the votes of 16 million people. Considering whites are still a majority in this country, it's safe to say that a fair number of their votes are included in that total figure. Of course no one will be able to break those down by race, but I think it's safe to say that Obama is doing just fine with white Americans.

Any attempt by Clinton to make us believe otherwise is a shameful use of the race card that frankly I did not expect and does the Party much more harm than good. If she continues this disgraceful course, she risks getting voters to believe that nonsense and possibly give up on the Obama campaign as un-winnable before the general election even gets going. And I won't even go into the potential racial effects of further driving a wedge in between blacks and whites in this country.

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