HuffPost – Race And, To A Lesser Extent, Gender Still Divide Dem Race

Race And, To A Lesser Extent, Gender Still Divide Dem Race

by Sam Stein – Huffington Post

Exit polls from the Democratic primary show an electorate still divided by race and gender – the former remains a wide gap in favor of Sen. Barack Obama, but the latter is narrowing slightly against Sen. Hillary Clinton.

Throughout the southern states, Obama continued to best Clinton among black voters by exceedingly wide margins. In Georgia the Illinois Democrat earned 88 percent of that group’s support, compared to Clinton’s 11 percent. In Alabama, that margin was 82 percent to 16 percent and in Tennessee it was 84 percent to 13 percent. Even in the Northeast, the black community overwhelmingly backed Obama. In New Jersey, 87 percent of African American voters supported Obama compared to 12 percent for Clinton. In Connecticut it was 69 percent to 25 percent.

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