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Mitt Romney has no African American support

A new NBC/WSJ poll released yesterday shows that Mitt Romney has 0 support among African American voters.

Quel surprise. To be fair, however, Republicans have fared poorly with African American voters for decades and while the GOP in previous national electoral contests made modest efforts to reach out across the divide to African American voters in the last decade, the current language in this campaign does not. By defining American (see: Anglo Saxon gaffe) and with state GOP efforts pushing for voter ID laws that disproportionately affects communities of color, it seems the GOP has abandoned any meaningful effort to connect with African American voters.

Meanwhile, on the voter suppression front, Ohio GOP Election Official Doug Priesse, in response to the criticism from democrats that the Ohio Elections Board decision to not extend early voting hours in Democratic districts said this on Sunday to the Columbus Dispatch:

“I guess I really actually feel we shouldn’t contort the voting process to accommodate the urban — read African-American — voter-turnout machine,” said Doug Preisse, chairman of the county Republican Party and elections board member who voted against weekend hours, in an email to The Dispatch. “Let’s be fair and reasonable.”

He called claims of unfairness by Ohio Democratic Chairman Chris Redfern and others “bullshit. Quote me!”

Emphasis is mine. Priesse later dialed that back (not surprisingly) with a kind of non apology apology, issuing a statement to the Huffington Post that his comments were “misconstrued” and  “if my comments, either in their original form, or as repeated in other ways, have caused anyone discomfort, I regret that.”

Regrettable, indeed. In this current political climate, the desperate reversal and legal maneuvering around federal protections to the right to vote, Laura Conway wonders out loud if  1965 Voting Rights Act would pass today. An extreme thought game but like Laura, I too wonder if the protections hard fought by African Americans would survive in this batty semantic game of state versus federal rights.

I wonder how many paid African American supporters Romney/Ryan can get to Florida before they encounter flight delays.

SYREETA MCFADDEN is a Brooklyn based writer, photographer and adjunct professor of English. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, The Guardian, BuzzFeed, The Huffington Post, Religion Dispatches and Storyscape Journal. She is the managing editor of the online literary magazine, Union Station, and a co-curator of Poets in Unexpected Places. You can follow her on Twitter @reetamac.

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  • natthedem

    Also worth noting?

    After Obama came out in support of gay marriage, a meme developed within the Beltway–and was pushed aggressively by black conservatives like Rep. Allen West, Sophia Nelson, Larry Elder–that he’d lose support among black voters.

    Another Beltway meme proved wrong by actual facts…imagine that.

  • http://feministing.com/members/whumpusthing/ Melissa

    When I saw this on Tumblr, I was suspicious of the number. (Not that I am not for Obama, but I always want to fact check.)

    So I went to the PDF and checked out who was polled. It seemed that it was 1000 people were polled, only 12 percent were black. That’s only 120 people. I don’t feel comfortable toting that around that because 120 people agreed on this, it means it’s true of all. (But that is the issue with statistics in general.)
    http://msnbcmedia.msn.com/i/MSNBC/Sections/A_Politics/_Today_Stories_Teases/August_NBC-WSJ_Int_Sched.pdf
    It’s totally possible I have missed something, so correct me if you find my assessment wrong. I just thought that such a stark number was shocking.
    But I’m still glad Feministing is posting these articles for reading!