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Week 3: How Obama Got Elected?

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Week 3: How Obama Got Elected? GVPT289O

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Racial and Ethnic Politics in the Obama Era
Dr. Antoine Banks

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Racial and Ethnic Politics in the Obama Era
Dr. Antoine Banks
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GVPT2890 91515 Page 1 of 1 Lecture How Obama Got Elected Recap Scale of racial resentment lots of people on right side of scale resentment some shift to left though Lecture Obama s success was partly due to enormous transformation in whites racial attitudes and outlooks in US Over past several decades whites support for open forms of racial bigotry has steadily decreased 1958 60 of whites said they wouldn t vote for someone who was black qualified and from their own party 2008 10 of whites Steady decline in open forms of biasbigotry Precipitous decline in whites support for open forms of racial bigotry cannot fully explain Obama s success in capturing the White House Obama deliverance and content Jesse jackson more for black politics gt wasn t successful like Obama Obama campaign message of racial unity Played an important role in his win Message successful at building a broad coalition of supporters while neutralizing the negative effect of subtle forms of racism that tend to have on Dem pres candidates GVPT2890 91715 Page 1 of 1 Lecture 4 How Obama Got Elected Recap Obama lost white votes because of racial bias Tesler and Sears argue that whites racial attitudes paled an important role in their evaluations of Obama Despite Obama s raceneutral campaign strategy and McCain s unwillingness to play the race card race still had an effect on whites preferences for Obama Obama tried to be race neutral Wanted election to be based on his policies not his phenotype Jeremiah Wright racially charged sermons Bill Clinton comment on Jesse Jackson winning South Carolina Obama could win black vote but couldn t win gen election The significance of Obama potentially becoming the 1st black president made race salient throughout the campaign Lecture Racial resentment measure Scale designed to distinguish between racially sympathetic and racially resentful Americans Resentful Americans harbor negative attitudes toward blacks while racially sympathetic Americans have positive attitudes toward blacks Racially sympathetic whites are more likely to believe that blacks have been treated unfairly and racial inequality results from the country s history of racial discrimination Racial resentment s big effect due to racial liberals and their coming out in huge support of Obama Effect of race mainly driven by racial liberals in Dem primaries One key reason to understand how Obama won the White House despite race being salient in 2008 Tesler and Sears argue that racial liberals support for Obama was largely symbolic Obama and Clinton had similar policy proposals Thus racial liberals could express their positive orientation toward an African American candidate voting for Obama wo facing a penalty Same can t be said for Jesse Jackson had radical policy proposals Conclusion Race salient throughout the 2008 campaign because Obama was 1 st African American funning for president Obama won for two reasons Garnered much greater support among racial liberals than had any other recent presidential candidate Activated Democratic partisanship and Bush disapproval


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