Apparently increasing the black vote helped Obama at the expense of the gays. In fact, 70% of black voters in California voted for Proposition 8 - a constitutional amendment to declare that marriage in California as only between a man and a woman - and helped secure its passage, according to exit polling conducted by Edison Media Research and Mitofsky International. African Americans, energized by Barack Obama’s presidential bid, boosted their numbers at the polls in 2008 to 10% of the state’s electorate, up from 6% in 2004. "The Obama people were thrilled to turn out high percentages of African Americans, but (Proposition 8) literally wouldn't have passed without those voters," said Gary Dietrich, president of Citizen Voice, a nonpartisan voter awareness organization.
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