Vote totals on Prop 8 shows clearly that black voters are not the cause of the loss...
It is very useful to look at the totals county by county when discussion matters of race and Prop 8. The full totals are conveniently reproduced on Jim's 2.0 blog.
Note that the difference in votes was 500K out of over 11 million votes. Most interesting statistic is the counties that had the largest margin of Yes votes.
I'm not the world's expert on California - but I can tell you right now that Orange County and San Bernadino counties are the problem. And they are not demographically packed with religious black folks.
It took me <5 minutes to find this data and about 2 seconds to interpret it - what magical force has prevented the author's of the article Pam is referencing to do the same?
Oh, that is right - they need to sell paper and why not race bait? In these troubled times, with papers going out of business left and right - shouldn't the Times be a little bit concerned about producing meaningful and useful content? Is it really worthwhile for anyone to support a paper that is so obviously distorting a picture of reality (the data below is freely available with a quick Google search).
Largest Margin of Victory Yes Votes
- San Bernardino County (185,874)
- Orange County (168,269)
- Riverside County (118,241)
- Kern County (97,957)
- Fresno County (85,820)
Largest Margin of Victory No Votes
- San Francisco County (177,148)
- Alameda County (111,377)
- Sonoma County (62,568)
- Santa Clara (62,073)
- San Mateo (59,606)
Highest Yes Percentage
- Tulare County (75.40%)
- Kern County (75.30%)
- Modoc County (74.20%)
- Kings County (73.70%)
- Madera County (73.40%)
Highest No Percentage
- San Francisco County (75.20%)
- Marin County (75.00%)
- Santa Cruz County (71.40%)
- Sonoma County (66.10%)
- Mendocino County (62.20%)
Narrowest Yes Victory (<5%)
- Los Angeles County (0.56%)
- Nevada County (1.70%)
- San Luis Obispo County (2.41%)
Narrowest No Victory (<5%)
- Monterey County (3.5%)