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The fanfare around Hillary Clinton's nomination has been at a fervor for months. Unquestionably she stands as the likely next Democratic presidential nominee, and the first woman to have a legitimate shot at the White House. Yet, the question remains: Will Black America turn out in support? Will she have the same support African Americans gave President Barack Obama in 2008 or even in 2012?

According to the article "Voter Turnout Increases by 5 Million in 2008 Presidential Election" published by the U.S. Census:

About 131 million people reported voting in the 2008 U.S. presidential election, an increase of five million from 2004, according to a new table package released today by the U.S. Census Bureau. The increase included about two million more Black voters... Blacks had the highest turnout rate among 18- to 24-year-old voters -- 55 percent, an eight percent increase from 2004. Looking at voter turnout by race and Hispanic origin, non-Hispanic whites (66 percent) and Blacks (65 percent) had the highest levels in the November 2008 election.

ABC polls also noted in 2008, 96 percent of the African Americans that turned out were expected to vote for President Barack Obama. These Black votes came at a low political cost; little if no direct promises to fulfill were made to Black America. The Black votes were simply based on the faith that President Barack Obama's presence in the White House meant more for Black people than any singular legislative action. In general regardless of his lack of stance on the campaign trail, there was a belief amongst African Americans he would have their interest at heart once elected. This type of support allowed now President Obama to focus on many other voting demographic groups during his campaigns. The issues of groups that would require a commitment to policy to sway their vote at election time were addressed directly. Support of gay marriage, a push for a comprehensive immigration reform and a stand on women's rights were all part of a broad platform.

Black America will hardly make the same blind commitment to Clinton. As African Americans felt the impact of the last several years, their position on economic inequality, mass incarceration and voter suppression hardened. All of which must be addressed directly if Clinton is to get Black support in the coming election. As stated by veteran political strategist Charles D. Ellison in his recent article on TheRoot.com, Hillary will "need a solid 90 percent-plus share of the black vote to win. President Obama received 95 percent of it in 2008, 93 percent in 2012." But it is turnout that will likely play the key role in 2016, once at the voter box as a block Black Americans tend to vote Democratic.

Despite people's memory of President Bill Clinton's popularity in the African American community, the black turnout in 1996 for President Bill Clinton's second election, was a low of 53 percent. If this repeats itself in 2016, Hillary will be in for a long night next November.

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I think we all lost in the midterm elections during the Obama presidency. This undercut true growth for all, blacks, whites, reds, and everyone who suffers from a government in stalemate. We need a smart and fair president, but we also need to push that president we elect to do the right thing. The right-wing conservatives are elected today for one reason, to be subversives to good governance - this comes from Norman Ornstein who is a fellow at the conservative American Enterprise Institute, that much should obvious to all by now.

 

Black voters, those who show up at the polls, have always made the right choices when it comes down to choosing the best candidates available. But it isn't just Black voters who don't show up in the Midterms, it's the true majority of voters who fail to push through the needed change. So yes, we need to change how we vote. We need to find ways to make all voters show up. Yes, the many are turned off by lack choice when they go to the Midterms. They are also turned off by the negative almost no-way-to-make-positive-change climate during the midterms, which I believe the Conservative Right-Wing heavily supports.

 

As for Hillary, she would be the best choice over a republican but I do hope that someone else steps up to give her a real go. I've always liked Lincoln Chafee and of course many of us are completely impressed by Elizabeth Warren. . I've always thought we need good talented folk in congress to push who's ever president. We need more Bernie Sanders type folk. Will we who really care the most about equality, fairness, and a government we can be proud of show up? Who knows..

 

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It may be true as the article says, that Hillary will not have the same automatic appeal to Black voters as Obama did. The article claims she needs a "90% plus-share of the Black vote to win" citing a different article by Charles Ellison. But Hillary (if she continues without a serious primary challenger) will be the first American female presidential candidate. As such, she should have an automatic appeal to a large percentage of Women.... Which includes half the Black population as well.

 

Shrewdly, Hillary is not taking her "automatic appeal" to Women for granted. She is already stressing Gender Equality issues including addressing the difficulties of child-rearing and advancing a career at the same time.

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It may be true as the article says, that Hillary will not have the same automatic appeal to Black voters as Obama did. The article claims she needs a "90% plus-share of the Black vote to win" citing a different article by Charles Ellison. But Hillary (if she continues without a serious primary challenger) will be the first American female presidential candidate. As such, she should have an automatic appeal to a large percentage of Women.... Which includes half the Black population as well.

 

Shrewdly, Hillary is not taking her "automatic appeal" to Women for granted. She is already stressing Gender Equality issues including addressing the difficulties of child-rearing and advancing a career at the same time.

Good point about Women Voters Bludog! Women are a powerful voting block indeed!

 

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Women are a powerful voting block indeed!

The OP article speculates that Hillary needs 90% of the Black vote to get elected. Here's why not. She will have more than made up for it with an increased percentage of the woman's vote.... Half the population, consisting of all races and ethnic backgrounds.

 

When Hillary talks about topics like:

 

- Equal pay for equal work.

- Equal opportunity for women of color.

- Ending violence against women.

- LGBT rights.

- Adding guarantees of gender equality to the Constitution.

 

These ideals tend to be more convincing if advocated to women by another woman; Especially a strong personality, held in high esteem like Hillary. If a male candidate advocates for women's rights, it's more likely to be seen as a bunch of empty promises, just to get elected. Hillary brings a sense of authenticity on women's issues.

 

Of course there will be a certain number of women who will never vote for Hillary or even get turned-off by her message. But a much larger percentage of women will identify with her. As will men who favor women's rights... They will also be voting for Hillary.

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i disagree with the article in the OP, that blacks voted for Obama without really being promised much. his campaign was full of promises that directly affect black Americans (namely poverty and education).

 

and Hillary is going to continue with education - one of the most important causes for black Americans, and women (especially mothers).

 

she has the Black vote, Hispanic vote, women's vote, poor vote. it's easier to say who's vote she doesn't have: the rich, and the working class die-hard republicans (a smaller group each year).

 

but it's unfortunate... IMO... she's getting into the house regardless of what she promises (save a scandal or corruption).

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