Solid black turnout not enough to rescue Democrats in key races

Solid black turnout not enough to rescue Democrats in key races

President Obama made a last-minute push to get black voters to the polls in some key states early this week, but it wasn’t nearly enough to preserve the Democratic majority in the Senate.

The president cut radio ads for Sen. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.) and former Florida governor Charlie Crist (D) in two of the tightest races in the country. He also did radio interviews with 14 stations in key states, the White House disclosed late Tuesday.

If there were two states where such an effort could matter, it would have been North Carolina and Georgia, where Obama previously did a radio interview on an African American station in support of Democratic Senate candidate Michelle Nunn.

Exit polls Tuesday night in Georgia suggested that the black share of the vote there (29 percent) was lower than in the 2010 and 2012 elections, while in North Carolina (21 percent) it was slightly up from the last midterm elections four years ago but down from 2012, according to numbers compiled by the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies.

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