Angelenos voting at the Japanese Cultural Institute in Los Angeles on November 6th, 2012. As this country becomes more racially and ethnically diverse, the role of nonwhite voters in the election results has occupied more political speculation than in previous years.
Instead of the usual Multi-American news roundup this Election Day, here's a sampling of the many stories out there addressing voters of color, and how they figure into this year's election.
In recent months, political observers have suggested that Latinos and Asians could help swing the election, provided these voters turn out in large enough numbers. Black voters, meanwhile, have been called key to President Barack Obama's reelection. And Muslim voters of various backgrounds were recently polled as leaning toward Obama even as many remain undecided. Without further ado, a few of the election-related stories making the rounds today:
Latino vote for Obama could be historic high, poll says - Los Angeles Times The most recent voter tracking poll from the Latino Decisions firm indicates that 73 percent of Latino voters polled nationally planned to support President Obama. Twenty-four percent supported Republican candidate Mitt Romney, whose stance on immigration has hurt his standing with the Latino electorate. Three percent were undecided.
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A poll of Muslim voters has found 25 percent of respondents still undecided as to the presidential election, although the vast majority (91 percent) of those polled said they plan to vote.
The polling was conducted by an independent firm for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a civil rights and advocacy organization with chapters around the country. It consisted of a random sampling of 500 voters who identify as Muslim. Among the 75 percent who said they had decided on a candidate, 68 percent said they favored President Obama, while seven percent supported Republican candidate Mitt Romney.
Just over half (55 percent) said they consider themselves moderate, with only 26 percent saying they are liberal, and 16 percent conservative. But much like Latinos, more Muslim voters have gradually been moving toward the Democratic party. According to the poll, the percentage of Muslim voters who said they identified more closely with the Democratic Party was 66 percent, a jump from 49 percent in 2008 according to a similar poll then. However, Republican party affiliation among these voters stayed much the same, with 9 percent saying they identified more closely with the GOP vs. 8 percent four years ago.