Weak early voter turnout among African-Americans will likely hurt Hillary Clinton in Florida.
After the first full weekend of in-person early voting ended Sunday, African-American turnout did not meet expectations — or historic precedent, which leaves top Democrats and activists worried that Clinton’s campaign isn’t living up to the hype in Florida.
“They’re not doing enough in the black community. I have been screaming for months about this and nothing changed and now look what’s happening,” said Democratic U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings, who represents one of South Florida’s largest African-American communities.
Hastings said he told Clinton aide John Podesta on a conference call last week that “you need to plus-up the spending in the African-American community and get out the vote.” Hastings said he was told someone would get back to him. “Nobody did,” he said.
African-Americans traditionally dominate early in-person voting. But they didn’t show in force this weekend. And Hastings said he wasn’t surprised. After Sunday night’s polls closed, black voters accounted for 16 percent of the in-person early vote ballots cast. And that included five previous days of in-person early voting.
But in 2012, in just two days of in-person early voting, blacks cast 25 percent of those early ballots, according to Dan Smith, a University of Florida political science professor who published some of the early voting data on his must-read Election Smith blog.
Due to such strong African-American turnout after the beginning of in-person early voting in 2012,
Democrats began outpacing Republicans in total ballots cast before Election Day, by about 10,000. This year, though, Republicans still cling to their own lead of about 9,000. As of Monday morning about 3.7 million absentee and in-person early ballots had been cast, 40.5 percent of them by Republicans and 40.2 percent by Democrats.”
Perhaps, African-Americans see that Liberal polices have been hurting the black community? Perhaps, they are even ready to try something different in 2016?
In fact, PolitiChicks recently spoke with Mark Brown, a carpenter (African-American) who owns his own contracting business. Mark says he is voting for Donald Trump. He thinks Trump will be great for small businesses like his. He explains that he voted for Obama in 2008, and is terribly disappointed in him. He believes Obama’s policies have harmed his black community.
As Donald Trump put it, “What the hell do they have to lose” by voting for someone other than a Democrat this time around?
Here is a video of black Trump supporters explaining why they are voting for Donald Trump: