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The Demographic Shift

By Matthew Yglesias  

"The Demographic Shift"

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An interesting observation about demographics from Nate Silver:

Consider this remarkable statistic. In 1980, 32 percent of the electorate consisted of white Democrats (or at least white Carter voters) — likewise, in 2008, 32 percent of the electorate consisted of white Obama voters. But whereas, in 1980, just 9 percent of the electorate were nonwhite Carter voters, 21 percent of the electorate were nonwhite Obama voters last year. Thus, Carter went down to a landslide defeat, whereas Obama defeated John McCain by a healthy margin.

And that, in a nutshell, is the changing face of the American electorate. This is one way to understand what’s wrong with conservatives who are urging the Republican Party to somehow return to their Reaganite roots. It’s a different world.

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