Surprisingly, older Black folks could determine the outcome of the election on November 4 for presidential hopeful Barack Obama, reports AFRO.com. In some swing states, including Virginia, the Illinois senator is ahead among voters ages 55 and older. Comparatively, in the 2000 elections, voters 45-64 made up 40 percent of the total electorate, while voters 65 and over comprised only 20 percent.
However, according to a U.S. News and World Report poll conducted this summer, older Black women in general favored Obama 49 percent in comparison to liking Republican candidate John McCain by 39 percent. James Grant, 56, of Washington, D.C., said: “From all indications, this promises to be a very generational election where everyone’s vote—from the baby boomers and their children to the baby boomers’ parents—will count.”
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