Hillary Clinton got 86 percent of the black vote in the South Carolina Democratic primary.
We can expect similar results in Democratic primaries on Super Tuesday and in the weeks ahead.
Assuming she is the Democratic nominee, she will get at least that percentage in the general election. Usually, Democrats getting only 86 percent of the black vote in a presidential election would spell disaster. Not this year!
The way things are going, Republicans won't come anywhere near getting 14 percent of the black vote, and will be lucky to get half that number.
Because the GOP establishment and most of its presidential candidates have done little to meet the challenge of the Republican National Committee’s “Growth and Opportunity Project” report released in March 2013: “The minority groups that President Obama carried with 80 percent of the vote in 2012 are on track to become a majority of the nation’s population by 2050 . . . The Republican Party must compete on every playing field. . . . "
I wrote in this space in March of last year: “How many . . . GOP leaders are advising blacks to take the necessary steps to vote in (GOP) primaries, especially in states with significant black populations?”
Referring to Florida I said: “If the 57,000 registered black GOP voters were mobilized by one or two of the remaining contenders after the Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina primaries, as well as 50,000-100,000 of the black Independents, the result could mean taking Florida’s winner-take-all prize of 99 delegates . . . ”
The point was that the GOP candidates should “compete on every playing field” and appeal to blacks on basic issues such as sanctity of life, school choice…and support for small and minority-owned business.
My question was “who will lead the effort?” Obviously no one has.
I don’t know voter statistics in other states, but if Florida is an example, the report’s challenge is not being met — there are over 2,000 fewer black Republican voters now than there were in 2012!
Apparently, little if anything has been done by the Party to implement the report.
Black Republicans have taken notice that few if any black consultants were recruited for the present political campaigns — not just for black outreach — but in areas such as finance, research and communications.
In my discussion of the report in 2013, I stated that the party still had a major “credibility problem with blacks, particularly black Republicans” and that many were “skeptical.”
Why skepticism? Some of the reasons I listed: