College class examined results of 2016 and 2020 and 2008 with predecessors.


John A. Tures

This is a column by John A. Tures, a professor of political science at LaGrange College in LaGrange, Ga.

I’m sure you are convinced that race-based voting is rampant in American politics. But what you’re probably thinking of is whether certain groups support certain parties. That’s not race-based voting. My students compared the 2016 and 2020 election results, and also compared the 2008 election with its predecessors, in my “Race and Politics” class. And here is what we found.

African-Americans, Hispanics and Asian-Americans tend to back the Democratic Party, while whites tend to support the Republican Party in recent elections. But that’s not race-based voting. How groups respond based upon who is on the ticket may be an entirely different matter.

A poll worker carries out a vote here sign.

I challenged my students (Maalik Baisden, Kristina Calixto, Chase Davis, Madison Demkowski, DeQueze Fryer, Olivia…

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