Early signs of enthusiasm for Obama
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
According to Secretary of State Karen Handel’s office, black turnout in early voting has been disproportionately strong. Black Georgians make up 29 percent of our population and slightly less of our voter turnout, but so far they comprise almost 40 percent of those who have voted early or by absentee.
(As Jim Galloway explains at the Political Insider, Georgia is required by federal law to track voter turnout by race, as a consequence of its legacy of voter suppression).
That’s even more significant when you consider that in normal years, black voters have been less likely than their fellow Georgians to take advantage of early and absentee voting. If that turnout surge holds, it could play a significant role in the outcome of down-ticket races.
Of course, most of those black Georgians will probably be voting for Barack Obama, a fact that a few of our less thoughtful readers will try to depict as some sort of black racism. (Yes, they are actually that silly — see comments below). It takes a pretty perverse outlook to see things that way, but some people do manage the trick.