The Black Vote: How Big A Factor in the 2016 Elections? | WYPR

The Black Vote: How Big A Factor in the 2016 Elections?

Mar 4, 2016

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We’ll start this morning continuing our conversation about the ways that race is having an impact in this election cycle.  Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s victories in the Democratic primaries so far have included large majorities of African American voters, while Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders' wins or near-wins have been in states with a largely white electorate.  Last week, I spoke with the author and activist Steve Phillips, who contends that Democrats should concentrate their electoral efforts and resources to engaging people of color rather than chasing white swing voters.  Joining Tom in the studio to discuss the significance of the Black Vote is Dr. Kaye Wise Whitehead.  She is an Associate Professor of Communications at Loyola University Maryland and the author of several books, including Letters to My Black Sons.