Hillary Isn’t Obama, But She Doesn’t Have to Be

The early voting returns show two unsurprising things. One is that black voters are turning out in smaller numbers in some areas than they did in the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections. The other is that the relatively lighter turnout is in marked contrast to the near record turnout among black voters for candidate Obama in 2008 and President Obama in 2012. Much shouldn’t be made of this for the simple fact that Clinton is not Obama. Clinton doesn’t need to match his total among blacks vote for vote to win the White House. Clinton could never duplicate the euphoria that Obama generated among blacks. His candidacy was not seen as a candidacy, but a crusade, a history making crusade. Blacks did not just see this as a chance to put a black president in office but a chance to snatch a piece of history along the way.

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