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.

Do you think that race will be a factor for voters in the 2008 Presidential Election?

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  • by SANDY Location: MIA on Sep 30, 2008 at 01:59 PM
    In most countries the majority rules therefore that should not be confused with racism.
  • by Appalachian American Location: KY on Sep 24, 2008 at 04:52 PM
    For Jeff from Hazard: "These hillbillies"..who are you referring to? Best advice I can give you is to look in the mirror..DUDE! Oh and the phrase would be "Applachian American" to be politically correct..LOL! Nice to think you are so much above other people just because they have a different opinion. No one is able to say they don't like Obama unless they are labeled racist...what do they call blacks who don't like him? Do they call them racist also? Another thing, who a person voted for used to be their own business and now it is a conversation opener..somehow that just isn't right.
  • by JR Location: IN on Sep 23, 2008 at 06:37 PM
    Halyn in Pulaski County: How do you know he isn't Muslim?...taking his word for it, huh? You can't be anymore sure he isn't than other people can be that he is...just to let YOU know....
  • by Halyn Location: Pulaski County on Sep 23, 2008 at 08:40 AM
    To fishingWoody and Douglas Ray in Lexington: BARACK OBAMA IS NO MUSLIM! You have been lied to by the right-wing. Just to let you know.
  • by fishingWoody Location: Lex. KY on Sep 23, 2008 at 07:23 AM
    Who would you vote for? We have a Christian war veteran that was a POW, who has long politic history. Now we have a Muslim by the name of (Hussein) people seem to forget that part, with a short politic history who has never been in service or held a job, but went to school alot.Don't listen to media, read their individual resumes like you would if they were applying for a job at your company and make your choice.Speaks for itself then except for media calling it racism.
  • by L.B. Location: KY on Sep 23, 2008 at 07:10 AM
    How many blacks are voting for McCain? Are they calling that rascism? Give us a break, it's the media trying to stir things up and the people are so stupid they can't see it.
  • by DEBBIE Location: KT on Sep 23, 2008 at 04:47 AM
    I hope people in Ky have matured passed Racism! I dont know about the rest of you people but I have been frightened by the things that have went on in the U.S. for the past few years, SOMETHING WE ALL BETTER THINK ABOUT. I want whats best for the people and our Country, and thats not another Republican! Our country is gonna colapse under our feet if we dont make a change that makes a difference for better! Obama will get my vote!
  • by Jeff Location: Hazard on Sep 23, 2008 at 04:38 AM
    This is pretty pathetic, these hill billies won't vote for Barack because he's black and let me guess the first time one of them needs goverment assistance they will go to the republicans and return empty handed as usual.If democrats won't vote for democrats them they deserve NOTHING.
  • by JB Location: KY on Sep 23, 2008 at 03:27 AM
    The shame about this is, that even though race shouldn't be a factor, the media is going to make sure that it is..they are laying the groundwork now, and have been since this started, to make sure race is to blame if Obama loses...kind of a "reverse discrimination by association" kind of thing...use guilt to get votes...how politically correct of them!!
  • by James A. Muncy,Jr. Location: Inez, KY on Sep 22, 2008 at 09:23 PM
    You know the only people who have a problem with race in this election is the media. I think that the American people are happy with the candidates. I am a Republican, I am for who I think will help the country the most I feel that that is the McCAIN/PALIN ticket.
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