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Will Race Sway Voters on Election Day?

By: Dara Rees Email
By: Dara Rees Email

In the historic presidential election this November, a recent survey by the Associated Press suggests race may be a factor for some voters.

The recent survey suggests some white Americans still have negative feelings toward African Americans, which means Barack Obama could have more trouble making it to the White House.

HCTC Political Science teacher Benny Bailey says, "I think there's going to be a lot of people looking at his race and trying to call it a factor. How much of that actually plays out, I'm not really sure."

Many voters say race is only one of the issues that will affect their vote come election day. Local politicians say it's important to pay attention to the issues of each candidate and not race when they cast their ballot.

Democratic State Representative for the 84th District Scott Alexander says, "The American people need help. I think that they are going to look for each candidate, me personally I'm going to look to see what each candidate does for coal."

Republican Senator for the 30th District Brandon Smith says, "Barack Obama is the single most liberal candidate we've ever had for president of the united states, and I don't think that sits very well with Kentuckians."

So people say race is causing some democrats to vote for John McCain. But others say race simply doesn't matter.

"I think the issues are too important. it will probably affect some people, but not enough to matter," says Matt Silvers from Indiana.

"I think a lot of people are listening to his issues, but a lot of people can't get past his race," says Chad Fields of Harlan County.

Some former Clinton supporters says John McCain's female running mate Sarah Palin could sway their vote.


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