Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Louisiana: Racial split in voting in Port Allen recall

The recent recall of Mayor Demetric “Deedy” Slaughter saw a strong racial split, with an estimated 95% of whites voting to remove her, and 71% blacks voting to retain. The city has a 60% black population. However, a local polling expert, John Couvillion, notes that the lack of a deeper (and perhaps expected) racial split is what doomed Slaughter:

Couvillon said two factors possibly contributed to Slaughter’s recall: the fact that two black women led the recall effort and his belief that the novelty of having black elected officials has worn off among voters.

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