Tuesday, August 24, 2004

Black and Latino Voters for Nader

One of the best kept secrets of this presidential election year is that Ralph Nader has been polling better in 2004 than 2000, despite the relentless barrage of attacks by Anybody But Nader intellectuals: "Nader 2004 > Nader 2000" (August 07, 2004); and "One Vote, One Party, NO Choice" (August 13, 2004). Another is higher levels of Black and Latino support for Nader/Camejo in 2004 than 2000:
With Nader thrown in, Kerry's percentage among black voters declined from 81 percent to 73 percent. Nader drew 10 percent of black voters, dropping Bush to only 9 percent.

Among Latino voters in a three-way race, Kerry's support fell from 57 percent to 52 percent, while Bush's fell from 38 percent to 35 percent. Nader was the choice of 8 percent of Latino voters. (emphasis added, CNN, "Poll: Kerry Leads among Minority Voters," July 6, 2004)
As liberal intellectuals have moved to the right, working-class voters, especially working-class voters of color, have moved to the left.

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