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Are Nonwhites Voting More Like Other Americans?


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Bernie Sanders' victories in the inaccurately counted Iowa caucuses, the crisply conducted New Hampshire primary and the Nevada caucuses have made two things clear.


One is that the Vermont senator, elected and reelected to Congress as an independent, is on the high road to becoming the presidential nominee of the oldest political party in the world, as I have argued in my two previouscolumns.

The second is less obvious but potentially of more lasting importance: The monolithic voting behavior of voters classified as nonwhite, assumed by prophets to continue an endlessly lasting Democratic majority, may be ending.

Black Americans have been voting around 90% Democratic for more than half a century, since 1964. During a similar period, from the Civil War to the Great Depression, they voted (when they were allowed to) almost unanimously Republican.:snip:

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