June 30, 2018

Black vote soared in Georgia primary

Atlanta Journal - Constitution- Turnout among black voters soared in last month’s Georgia primary, a show of strength that could bode well for Democrats in this year’s contests for governor and other statewide offices.

The number of black voters rose 43 percent in the May 22 election when compared with 2010, the last time there was a competitive race for governor, according to an Atlanta Journal-Constitution analysis of demographic data released  by the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office.

...At the same time, the proportion of white voters continues to decline. White voter participation in last month’s primary was down 9 percent from 2010. And white voters are more likely to be conservative, making up 93 percent of the GOP primary vote — and just 30 percent of the Democratic support.

...Republicans outvoted Democrats in the primary by about 265,000 ballots. This year the GOP edge was about 56,000 votes. Overall, Democratic primary voters have shot up by 40 percent since 2010. Republicans declined by 10 percent.

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