Let’s review how Blacks put McAuliffe in office. Remember that time African American voters turned up huge on an election day that turned out to be a 72 year low in turnout for an American election day?
As Gov. Terry McAuliffe gets gun shy about the many tributes, in statue form, of Confederates in Richmond, perhaps we should review who exactly put him in the Governor’s mansion in the first place.
This is a key reason why it’s important to carefully evaluate the views of a candidate before voting. Taking down Confederate statues is easy. When push comes to shove on bigger issues where will the Governor’s head be?
The great writer Jamelle Bouie wrote “How High Black Turnout Gave Terry McAuliffe His Win in Virginia” on November 6, 2013.
“Where the change from 2009 was most significant was among black voters. Then, African Americans were 16 percent were of the electorate, a significant drop from the 2008 election. This year, blacks were 20 percent of all voters, which means their turnout was exactly where it was in 2012. Put another way, for the second year in a row, African Americans turned out at a rate above their percentage of the population, and supported the Democrat by a 9-to–1 margin.”