Electioneering Among the Minorities
The existence of a minority group vote in America, or indeed of any bloc voting groups, is proclaimed and denied with about equal vigor-often by the same people. Politicians affirm the unity of all Americans, and then carefully balance their tickets. Racial, ethnic, and religious leaders deny that it is possible to deliver the vote of their group, and proceed to analyze the right and wrong ways of doing so. For the fact remains that “ever since politics began,” in the words of an election analyst, Richard M. Scammon, “people of similar back-grounds and religious opinion and economic interest … tend to identify certain interests together and oftentimes vote as groups for particular candidates.” In recent years, and with accelerating significance, the so-called “minority groups” have made their “interests” bulk large in campaign strategy, and this past election was certainly no exception.
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