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WashPost Analysis: Nearly 5% Fewer Blacks Voted in 2016 Election

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By    |   Monday, 08 May 2017 11:57 AM

Breaking down President Donald Trump's victory over Hillary Clinton is as basic as black and white, according to The Washington Post.

More whites voted, fewer blacks voted compared to the 2012 election.

The results, according to the Post:

  • 2.4 percent more whites voted in '16 compared to '12.
  • 4.7 percent fewer blacks voted in 2016.
  • 3.8 percent more Hispanics voted in 2016.
  • 3 percent more Asians voted.

"While the decline in black turnout was stark across the board, it was sharpest, on average, in the states that determined the outcome of the election," the Post found.

"Black turnout fell by 4.3 percentage points in non-battleground states in 2016 compared to 2012. But it fell by 5.3 percentage points in states where the election was decided by a margin of less than 10 points."

To wit: Black turnout fell by more than 12 percent in Michigan and Wisconsin — two true blue states Clinton's campaign assumed they had in the bag but shockingly were won by Trump, the Post reported.

In Florida, the turnout numbers showed an 8-point swing for Trump in the crucial battleground that he won by 1.2 points; white turnout jumped by 4 points over 2012, black turnout dropped by 4 points, according to the Post's data.

Using 2012 turnout data, the Post ascertains that Clinton would have enjoyed narrow wins in Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania — instead she lost all three.

That's assuming the increased turnout would have voted for Clinton.

Democrats' own research, however, found that Trump successfully flipped many voters who previously voted for former President Barack Obama.

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