Thursday, November 4, 2010

They're Both Black, Republican and Tea Party Approved, Col West won in a wealthy white majority district where fewer than 5% of the voters are Black, Hyphenated America: First Somali-American elected, First Bangladeshi-American, Lower Turnout Amongst Black Voters, Scam: Harry Reid’s non-English-speaking voting bloc

They're Both Black, Republican and Tea Party Approved - The Root

But that doesn't mean Florida's Allen West and South Carolina's Tim Scott, both of whom won House races on Tuesday, are all that similar. Their differing approaches reflect a schism in the GOP.

Six months ago, there were more black Republicans running for Congress than there had been since Reconstruction. On Monday there were a dozen. Today there are but two left, and they're not candidates -- they're congressmen-elect: Tim Scott, from South Carolina's 1st District, and Allen West, from Florida's 22nd. Both are the first African-American Republicans sent to Congress from their states in more than 100 years, and they're both the first black Republicans to join the House or Senate since J.C. Watts retired in 2003.

But while Scott and West share a region, an ethnicity and a political party, their differences reflect the civil war currently taking place within the GOP. To understand them is to understand the problems that lie ahead.
Miami Herald: Republican Allen West wins seat in Congress in Florida's 22nd district. West, an African American who grew up in Dr. King's Atlanta neighborhood, won in a wealthy white majority district where fewer than 5% of the voters are Black.


Minnesota Public Radio: First Somali-American elected to public office in Minn


Voice of America: First Bangladeshi-American Elected to US Congress. The congressman-elect was born to a Bangladeshi immigrant father and an African-American mother

Exit Polls Show Lower Turnout Amongst Black Voters - CBS News

Based on CBS News’ preliminary national exit polling, Republicans are poised for significant gains in Congress. The youth vote–18-to-29-year-olds–who helped catapult President Obama into office makes up an estimated 9 percent of voters this year, compared to 18 percent in 2008. About 58 percent of the youth vote favors Democratic candidates.

Independents make up an estimated 28 percent of voters in the early exit polls, with 39 percent voting Democratic and 56 percent Republican.

Black voter turnout also appears to be lower during the midterm election. An estimated 10 percent of blacks are voting, compared to 13 percent in 2008. The exit polling found 8 percent of voters are Hispanic, with 66 percent voting Democratic.

Congressional Black Caucus: "We're Not Sure If We'll Welcome These Black Republicans Into Our Group. We Love Diversity......For Everybody Else" - Booker Rising


The U.S. Midterm Election Is Over. What Should (Or Will) The Republicans Do Now? Bookerista Perspectives

Congressman-Elect Tim Scott: "Capitalism Is The Cure For Poverty. That's The Message That I Will Advocate In Congress"

President Obama On Midterm Election Defeat: "Yes, I Was Handed My Azz On A Platter Last Night" *********

Harry Reid’s non-English-speaking voting bloc - Michelle Malkin

Nothing smells right about Harry Reid.
His re-election on Tuesday has deepened the stench. Theories are flying left and right to explain the failure of polls that had consistently showed Sharron Angle ahead.
The New York Times points to Latinos as Reid’s hidden salvation. And not just any Latinos. It was apparently Latinos who prefer not to speak English who curiously turned out in droves for Reid.
Chew on this:
I riffed a little bit last night on why the public polls might have been wrong in Nevada; I speculated, for instance, that the fact that Mr. Reid is the sort of candidate whom one votes for unenthusiastically might have skewed the turnout models.
There is another theory, however, which was proposed to me last night by Matt Barreto of the polling firm Latino Decisions.
“There is one overarching reason why the polls were wrong in Nevada,” Mr. Barreto wrote in an e-mail to FiveThirtyEight. “The Latino vote.”
His firm, which conducts interviews in both English and Spanish, had found that Latino voters — somewhat against the conventional wisdom — were relatively engaged by this election and for the most part were going to vote Democratic. Mr. Barreto also found that Latino voters who prefer to speak Spanish — about 40 percent of Latino voters in California meet this description, he told me — are particularly likely to vote Democratic. Pollsters who don’t conduct bilingual interviewing at all, or who make it cumbersome for the respondent to take the poll in Spanish, may be missing these voters.

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