Another way to look at Obama’s election demographics

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by David Safier

The story is, Obama lost the white vote and cleaned up on the African American, Latino and Asian vote. True enough. But E.J. Dionne gives a different perspective on the demographic numbers.

[T]he exit poll also shows that 32 percent of Obama’s voters were white women and 24 percent of them were white men, while 23 percent were African-American men and women, and 14 percent were Latinos. This is a genuinely diverse alliance.

In other words, 56% of Obama voters were white. This wasn't simply a white-vs-everyone-else election. While Romney had far more white voters than Obama — that's pretty much all Romney had — Obama's victory was dependent on an ethnic coalition that included a majority of white voters.

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