The shrinking white vote that doomed Mitt Romney on Tuesday has sparked a sobering national debate over who should be allowed inside an expanded Republican tent – and what the invitations should look like.
According to exit polling, white voters made up 72 percent of the U.S. electorate, another step in a well-documented decline.
We won’t have a racial breakdown of the statewide vote for several weeks. But among all those registered, white voters for the first time made up less than 60 percent of the Georgia electorate. [...]
The second move may belong to Gov. Nathan Deal. But don’t take my word for it. This comes from Ben Jealous, president of the NAACP, who on Thursday unveiled a poll of 1,400 African-Americans in four states, taken in the days leading up to the election. Georgia was one of those four.
President Barack Obama earned 45 percent of the Georgia vote on Tuesday, only a point or so off his 2008 performance. According to the NAACP poll, enthusiasm for re-electing the country’s first black president accounted for about 5 percentage points in Georgia this year.
Democrats “must quickly figure out how to motivate these voters who – if Obama is not at the top of the ticket – simply go away,” Jealous said.