One of the big stories of the 2022 midterms was an increase in support for Republicans among Black voters.
It turned out to be true.
It may not have been enough to save some Senate races, but the number is going up significantly.
The Associated Press reports:
Black support for GOP ticked up in this year’s midterms
Black voters have been a steady foundation for Democratic candidates for decades, but that support appeared to show a few cracks in this year’s elections.
Republican candidates were backed by 14% of Black voters, compared with 8% in the last midterm elections four years ago, according to AP VoteCast, an extensive national survey of the electorate.
In Georgia, Republican Gov. Brian Kemp more than doubled his support among Black voters to 12% in 2022 compared with 5% four years ago, according to VoteCast. He defeated Democrat Stacey Abrams both times.
If that boost can be sustained, Democrats could face headwinds in 2024 in Georgia, Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania, where presidential and Senate races are typically decided by narrow margins and turning out Black voters is a big part of Democrats’ political strategy.
It’s too early to tell whether the 2022 survey data reflects the beginnings of a longer-term drift of Black voters toward the GOP or whether the modest Republican gains from an overwhelmingly Democratic group will hold during a presidential year. Former President Donald Trump, who has announced his third run for the presidency, received support from just 8% of Black voters in 2020, according to VoteCast.
Republicans should continue to reach out to all minorities.
Far from good percentage but getting better
Black support for GOP ticked up in this year’s midtermshttps://t.co/gaJVKEzkGP
— Sean Spicer (@seanspicer) December 31, 2022
AP: Black support for GOP “ticked up” in this year’s midterms
And by “ticked up” they mean it almost doubled pic.twitter.com/FbnNnRCDOR
— John Hasson (@SonofHas) December 31, 2022
Republicans are better for the Black community. More jobs, more security, more money.