It was whites who stayed home

There were two big shocks for me on election night 2012: 1) Obama beat Romney.  I had concluded that 2012 would look a lot like 2004, i.e. a 50-49 victory with about 290 Electoral votes.  I did not subscribe to the landslide (i.e. Dick Morris) but did see a narrow Romney victory! 2) All of the talk about the "hispano" vote.  I had looked at anecdotal evidence and did not see a "hispano" wave on election day.   So I was surprised with all of the conventional wisdom that "hispanos" had reelected Obama. It turns out that "hispanos" did not really show up after all, according to the CIS, or Center for Immigration Studies: "Hispanics were 8.4 percent of voters (11.2 million), close to the 8.9 percent the Center for Immigration Studies projected prior to the November election.1 If Hispanic turnout had been what it was in 2008, 450,000 more Hispanics would have voted. " Unfortunately for Romney, whites also stayed home: ...(Read Full Post)