26th August 13:29
Minority Report: Blacks Stayed With Kerry, Hispanics Split Between Bush and Kerry
Kerry overpowers Bush on black vote, narrower lead with Hispanics
WASHINGTON - Republicans' hopes that President Bush would improve his
standing with black voters came to little or nothing Tuesday, but he
did better with Hispanics than four years ago.
Bush was doing as poorly with blacks as he did in 2000, getting only
about one in 10 of their votes, exit polls indicated. His performance
with black voters in 2000 was the worst for a Republican presidential
candidate since Barry Goldwater got 6 percent in 1964 in his race
against Lyndon Johnson.
Kerry also led among Hispanic voters, but the gap was closer and Bush
made some progress on that front - getting 40 percent of their votes
or a bit higher. Kerry had a 15-point lead over Bush with Hispanics -
about half the margin that Democrat Al Gore enjoyed in 2000.