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In Mississippi, Obama Holds Serve

    Sporting analogies are overdone in politics but this year's Democratic campaign -- with its clear demographic contours -- is a bit like a tennis match. Obama last night won a state he was predicted to win. Now, on to Pennsylvania, where it's up to Hillary to hold serve in a state she should carry.

  • LorenzoJennifer said:

    The Mississippi voter demographics highlight a dramatic divison that seems to be expanding, not closing, within the Democratic Party.  Barack Obama reportedly won about 90% of the Black American vote and about 25% of the white vote.  As this continues as essentially a two-candidate contest, Hillary Clinton necessarily won about 10% of the Black American vote and about 75% of the white vote.  Not good for the Democrats.  The Mississippi percentages are quite dramatic as approximately 35% of registered voters there are Black Americans.  Yet, it would appear that the Democratic Party may be in the process of racially "re-segregating" itself - albeit unintentionally - into Black American and White American voting blocs. (The Pew poll, in a related Toteboard posting, indirectly references some of these findings though not from the perspective of inter-racial relations.  The number of Clinton voters who'd vote for McCain instead of Obama is one example). Reconciliation is certainly possible. Suggest that both Clinton and Obama stay in the race and work toward that objective.  Neither should withdraw until one of them reaches the number of pledged delegates necessary for the nomination.  For one to withdraw before then would leave the apparent racial divide in place and let resentments fester and stew for a long time to come.

    March 12, 2008 7:21 PM

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