Democrats Draw Vivid Lesson From Alabama: Mobilize Black Voters

Amid the Democrats’ celebration over their success in turning out a huge number of black voters in the Senate election in Alabama, party leaders, activists and operatives are seeing a vivid message to increase outreach, mobilization and investment in minority communities. …

About 30 percent of the electorate in the Alabama Senate race was black, according to CNN exit polls, making the black share of the vote in that election higher than it was in both of Barack Obama’s presidential victories. Mr. Jones won 98 percent of the votes among black women and 93 percent among black men.

“I think the writing is on the wall about what the path forward is for progressive politics in this country, and the path forward is through communities of color and women,” said Adrianne Shropshire, the executive director of BlackPAC, which engages black communities politically. CONT.

John Eligon, New York Times