GOP Racial Tactic REVEALED – They’re Betting On It!
(TheRedWire.com) – Before the 1960s, if you talked to Black voters, learning they were primarily Republicans who belonged to the Party of Lincoln and the Emancipation Proclamation might surprise you. Over the last 60 years, the monolithic group has primarily voted for Democrats. The transition started during the Great Depression after FDR pushed the New Deal into law. Some who suffered under the crushing weight of the economy began to turn to Democrats because they offered them help through government programs. By the 1960s, many left the Grand Old Party (GOP) after hearing about its opposition to the Civil Rights Act and the civil rights movement in general.
While more than 90% of African American voters still cast ballots for Democrats, some believe the GOP has a historic opportunity to win back many. Some of these constituents tire of politicians taking them for granted, while others worry the party has gone too far left. Across the country, Black conservative nominees are running for office in massive numbers, and they may be the key for conservatives to win elections this fall and beyond.
Republicans Become a Party of Diversity
A look at candidates running for national and state office in the GOP shows a new and diverse field. Women, Hispanics, and Black Americans are running as Republicans to defeat the left-wing. Currently, three African American GOP politicians serve in Congress; Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC), Rep. Burgess Ownes (R-UT), and Rep. Byron Donalds (R-FL). It’s the most significant number since reconstruction.
Still, just because darker-skinned Americans are running for office in record numbers doesn’t necessarily mean voters in those districts will follow them. Nonetheless, GOP nominees who ran and won in Virginia, North Carolina, and Michigan last year provided a ray of hope.
The key to GOP victories is this: winning is nearly guaranteed if a candidate can peel off 10% to 15% of the African American vote in elections. Politicians don’t need 100% of the demographic’s vote. Still, that doesn’t mean the Republican National Committee (RNC) doesn’t want to earn as many of those votes as possible.
GOP Chipping Away
There is anecdotal evidence that Black voters’ loyalty to the Democratic Party is waning. In November 2021, African American candidates running as Democrats lost to white GOP competitors in communities with large constituencies from the district. Republicans increased their number in statewide races to five, while Democrats hold 14 statewide and 55 in Congress.
So, will 2022 finally be a moment when the GOP breaks through with African American voters across America? Only time will answer the question. Still, there’s a lot of optimism among Republicans, as many in the Black community question whether Democrats deserve a monopoly on their vote.
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