Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Obama's second term in the White House was largely secured by record numbers of votes from ethnic minorities, while his popularity among whites plummeted, exit polls have revealed
Hispanics, the fastest-growing demographic in the United States, accounted for 10% of all voters in the election, the polls suggested. Of these, 71% voted for Obama, up from 67% in 2008. In a sign Republicans are failing to win over this increasingly influential group, Romney won just 27%. A record number of Asian voters - 3% of the electorate - also turned out, with nearly three-quarters backing Obama. He also won a staggering 93% of African-American votes. Yet while his popularity among ethnic minorities swelled, he received just 39% of the white votes, down by 4% on the last election, a drop his campaign had anticipated. Romney secured 59% of the white vote - the largest majority achieved by any presidential candidate in U.S. history who then failed to win.