Democrats are worried that a lack of enthusiasm among Black supporters could harm President Joe Biden’s reelection chances, as well as their goal of holding on to their Senate majority and retaking control of the House of Representatives.
The Washington Post reports that party leaders base their fears on the 10 percent drop in Black voter turnout in the 2022 midterm elections compared with 2018, which marked the largest decline among all racial or ethnic groups.
Having a successful 2024 election will likely depend on winning close races in battleground states. Black women are often referred to as the “backbone” of the Democratic Party because of their high turnout rate and party loyalty. The concern is about Black men.
W. Mondale Robinson, founder of the Black Male Voter Project, told The Post that the party spends too much time trying to win the votes of suburban White women who lean toward the GOP.
“The Democratic Party has been failing epically at reaching this demographic of Black men — and that’s sad to say,” Robinson said. “Black men are your second-most stable base overwhelmingly, and yet you can’t reach them in a way that makes your work easier.”
Black men say that both political parties have pushed policies that harmed them, including policies that led to mass incarceration and the loss of manufacturing jobs. Biden’s reelection team recognizes the problem and is taking steps to reach younger Black men in particular.
“We have to meet them where they are and we have to show them why the political process matters and what we have accomplished that benefits them,” Cedric L. Richmond, a senior adviser at the Democratic National Committee, told The Post.
Meanwhile, the Congressional Black Caucus has launched a super PAC to mobilize Black voters.
Rolling Sea Action Fund plans to raise money and invest in ads and campaigns to help Democrats flip at least the five seats they currently need to become the majority party in the House.
The election strategy includes targeting districts that contain at least 8 percent of Black residents who are voting age, as well as investing eight figures into mobilization efforts and campaigns. At the same time, the super PAC plans to avoid the past mistake of taking the Black vote for granted. The PAC intends to have a constant presence in Black communities instead of showing up shortly before election day.
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