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Politics

Black turnout surpassed white voters for first time

WASHINGTON — America’s black voters turned out at a higher rate than other minority groups in 2012 and by most measures surpassed white turnout for the first time, reflecting a deeply polarized election in which blacks strongly supported Barack Obama while many whites just stayed home.

Had people voted last November at the same rates they did in 2004, when black turnout was below its current historic levels, Republican Mitt Romney would have won narrowly, according to an analysis done for the Associated Press.

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