Friday, May 29, 2009

With numbers like these, how much longer can the Georgia Republican majority last?

I am copying this, with Permission, from Andre over at Peach Pundit. I thought it was very informative and telling. You can join the discussion over at PP or start one here:

For more than a decade, the Georgia Secretary of State’s office has kept records of how many people voted in the Democratic and Republican primaries. Buried deep in those records are the number of blacks, whites, hispanics, asians and others who cast ballots in each party’s respective primary. Below is the demographic breakdown for the last eight years worth of Democratic and Republican primaries:



Most of these numbers tell us some things that we already know. Specifically that black voters make up a significant chunk of the Democratic primary electorate.

Here’s what stood out to me:

For the last eight years, only twice have blacks comprised more than two percent of the Republican primary electorate. Since the Secretary of State’s office started keeping tabs on how many hispanics were voting in the party primaries, Democrats hold a slight lead over Republicans for these voters’ support. And finally, white voters average about 95% of Republican primary voters.

Georgia is a growing state and more importantly, Georgia is becoming a more diverse state.

The U.S Census Bureau estimates that in 2007, 65.6% of Georgians are white; 30% are black; 2.8% are asian; and 7.8% are hispanic.

As Georgia grows and as Georgia becomes more diverse, the question is how much longer can the GOP maintain their majority when most of the people voting for them are white.