Here’s a little myth busting on Obama turnout at the polls…
Earle S. Banks, recently told L.A. Times that Barack Obama’s “presence on the ticket could spur dramatic increases in black turnout. And that, he said, potentially could put Mississippi in the Democratic column for the first time since 1976, when it went to Jimmy Carter.”
Tom Schaller says in response onTapped:
In the past 18 months since my book was published, I feel like I have had to repeat nearly a thousand times that the “problem” of blacks not turning out to vote in the South–a “fact” that an Obama candidacy (at the top or the bottom of the ticket) would purportedly remedy–is not a fact at all, but rather a complete fiction that people do not take so much as five seconds to confirm before spouting off about as some sort of partisan problem for Democrats.
Let’s be clear: According to Census Bureau estimates, in 2004 African Americans were 17.9 percent of age-eligible southerners (in the 11 former Confederate states) and they were–buckle-up here–17.9 percent of actual voters in 2004. That is proportionate, for starters. But when you consider that blacks are, on average, poorer and/or from a lower socioeconomic station than southern whites, it means that, controlling for status, blacks actually turn out at higher rates than comparable whites. Put another way, a middle class 40-year-old black plumber and husband and father of two is more likely to vote in the South than a comparable white plumber. [...]
Look: Obama may be able to push up black turnout a bit in the South, but it’s already pretty high and the Democratic share is already nearly maximized. The electoral black vote ceiling has not been reached yet, but Democratic presidential candidates are nearly bumping their heads against it already, Obama or no Obama.
Matt Yglesias concurs with Shaller. While the Democratic Party is a higher turn out rate across the country this year, it is in part due to the higher turnout of women, particularly unmarried women:
For the first time in history, nationally there are as many unmarried women – single, separated, divorced, widowed – as there are married women. There are 53 million unmarried women in the country, and they are 26 percent of eligible voters. However, compared to their married sisters, unmarried women historically are 9 percentage points less likely to register, and 13 percentage points less likely to vote.
And the majority of women voters, we have seen through out this primary cycle are voting for Hillary Clinton. She’s got the lock on the “Invisible Women” vote and that could be key in the national election:
Everyone has been underestimating the power behind Clinton’s female vote. Progressive men refuse to cover it seriously. We’ve seen some of it, but nothing compared to what could be unleashed in the general election. I don’t need anyone to tell me that the female vote is a secret weapon for Hillary if she’s the Democratic nominee. Put that together with Hispanics and lunch bucket Democrats, including blue collar men like my husband, and no one can beat her. Besides, I even think quite a few Republican women will crossover for the chance to vote for the first female president in United States history. There’s nothing comparable to what she brings.