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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Racial polarization

Posted By on Wed, May 19, 2010 at 9:40 AM

Joyce Elliott, who is black, ran strong throughout Pulaski County. The 2nd District Democratic candidate carried some predominantly white precincts and ran a credible second, often to David Boling, in many others.

I had some  questions about Elliott’s pulling power in predominatly black voting precincts. She beat a prominent black politician to win her Senate seat, with the strong support of white voters in her district.

These votes from center city districts tell the story, with votes for Elliott and the sum of the four other candidates. She ran strong, but not as strong as, say, a Bill Clinton at the same polls:

Franklin Elementary 379-112
Greater Christ Temple 291-40
Bullock Temple Church 389-69
Greater Archview Baptist 483-63

 

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