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NY Times: Muslim Voters Detect a Snub From Obama

June 24, 2008

By: Andrea Elliot, June 24, 2008

As Senator Barack Obama courted voters in Iowa last December, Representative Keith Ellison, the country’s first Muslim congressman, stepped forward eagerly to help. Mr. Ellison believed that Mr. Obama’s message of unity resonated deeply with American Muslims. He volunteered to speak on Mr. Obama’s behalf at a mosque in Cedar Rapids, one of the nation’s oldest Muslim enclaves. But before the rally could take place, aides to Mr. Obama asked Mr. Ellison to cancel the trip because it might stir controversy. MORE…

YouTube: Obama speaks to HQ staff and volunteers

June 19, 2008

Obama supporter in New York subway

June 19, 2008

Supporter wears homemade Obama T-shirt in New York subway day after clinching nomination.

Obama supporter wears homemade T-shirt in New York subway one day after Obama clinches nomination. Photo by Naomi Ishisaka

NY Times: COLOR TEST; Where Whites Draw the Line

June 19, 2008
June 8, 2008

How black is too black?

Millions of African-Americans celebrated Barack Obama’s historic victory, seeing in it a reflection — sudden and shocking — of their own expanded horizons. But whether Mr. Obama captures the White House in November will depend on how he is seen by white Americans. Indeed, some people argue that one of the reasons Mr. Obama was able to defeat Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton was that a large number of white voters saw him as ”postracial.”

In other words, Mr. Obama was black, but not too black. MORE…

Latino voters favor Obama over McCain, according to UW pollsters

June 17, 2008

A new national survey of Latino voters shows Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama with a nearly 3-to-1 advantage over his rival, Republican John McCain.

The survey found that 60 percent of Latinos planned to vote for Obama, compared to 23 percent for McCain, while 16 percent were undecided. Latino Decisions, a joint effort between Pacific Market Research and University of Washington political scientists Matt Barreto and Gary Segura, conducted the poll by telephone June 1-12. MORE…

The primaries are over, Obama may be the first black president – what does it mean to you?

June 11, 2008

With the primary season finally coming to a close, the first African-American to be a major party nominee may become president. What does this historic election mean to you? Have you participated in the campaign? Have you participated in politics before? Do you plan to be involved in the general election campaign? What did you think about the primary campaign?
Tell us what you think.

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Wash Post: Racist Incidents Give Some Obama Campaigners Pause

May 13, 2008

Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, May 13, 2008; Page A01

Danielle Ross was alone in an empty room at the Obama campaign headquarters in Kokomo, Ind., a cellphone in one hand, a voter call list in the other. She was stretched out on the carpeted floor wearing laceless sky-blue Converses, stories from the trail on her mind. It was the day before Indiana’s primary, and she had just been chased by dogs while canvassing in a Kokomo suburb. But that was not the worst thing to occur since she postponed her sophomore year at Middle Tennessee State University, in part to hopscotch America stumping for Barack ObamaMORE …