April 21, 2021

Republican Party Future Depends on More Black, Brown Voters

Big questions remain about what exactly happened in the 2020 election.

I’ve been looking over history, compiled on the Statista website, of total votes cast in presidential elections compared with the number of eligible voters. 2020 seems very, very odd.

The number of votes reported in 2020 exceeded the total number of votes cast in 2016 by 22 million. This is larger than the population of Florida, the nation’s third-most-populous state, and almost as large as the population of Texas, the second-most-populous state.

According to Statista, votes of 66.5% of eligible voters were recorded in 2020. In 2016, 59.2% of eligible voters voted. In 2012, 58% voted. And in 2008, the election with America’s first black presidential candidate nominated by a major party, 61.6% voted.

What accounts for the highly unusual surge in votes recorded in 2020?

Gallup polled voter enthusiasm just prior to the election, asking, “Compared to previous elections, are you more enthusiastic than usual about voting, or less enthusiastic?”

This year, 69% said they were “more enthusiastic.” But in 2008, 68% said they were “more enthusiastic.”

Gallup also asked voters whether they think “the stakes in this presidential election are higher than in previous years.”

In 2020, 77% said yes. But in 2008, 76% said yes.

Voter enthusiasm in 2020 and 2008 was hardly different. Yet, in 2020, 22 million more votes were recorded compared with the 2016 election, and in 2008, there were 9 million more votes compared with the previous election. In 2020, voter turnout was 7.2 percentage points higher than in the previous election, compared with a 1.5 percentage point increase from 2004 to 2008.

Regardless of where things go in court challenges to what happened in the 2020 election, the tens of millions of votes that seem to have emerged out of nowhere need explanation.

The American people should demand an audit of the 2020 election and not settle until there are clear answers.

Meanwhile, taking the results of the election as a given, another big question remains for Republicans.

Why was it so close?

In September, Gallup asked voters whether they and their families were “better off now” than they were four years ago. Fifty-five percent said yes.

When the same question was asked in 1984, when then-President Ronald Reagan was running for reelection, 44% said yes. Yet Reagan went on to win by a landslide, winning 49 of 50 states.

One reason President Donald Trump did not run away with the election as Reagan did is what I have been writing about for years: the changing demographics of the country.

In the 1984 election, 84% of voters were white. In this election, 67% of voters were white.

What would the results have been if every racial/ethnic group had voted as they did in 2020 but 84% of the voters were white, like in 1984, rather than 67%?

President Trump would have won 52% of the popular vote and would have been victorious by a margin of 9.7 million votes.

The fact that Trump made gains among blacks and Hispanics in 2020 is meaningful. It shows that these groups can change their voting behavior. Voting liberal and Democratic is not genetic.

But Republicans are going to have to continue to make strong gains among non-white Americans, or they will be overwhelmed by the ethnic changes of the country. The white percentage of the American electorate that delivers most Republican votes will continue to shrink.

There should be zero tolerance of voting irregularities. But Republicans will be vulnerable to them as long as elections remain on a razor’s edge.

Republicans must continue the hard work of convincing non-white Americans that a strong economy β€” only possible with low taxes; low regulation; parental choice in education; private ownership, rather than government programs; and strong traditional moral principles β€” is where their future lies.

Star Parker is president of the Center for Urban Renewal and Education. Readers can respond to Star’s column by emailing [email protected]


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4 Responses

  1. All this talk and no do, where’s it going to get us? Losing an election to thieves and criminals. Our beautiful country is lost forever and we allowed it.

    1. Not we, “they” if the F B I was an honorable, and honest organization, it would have stood up long ago, and done what is right and proper despite “personal” ideals.
      This only proves one thing.
      Money talks and s**t walks.
      It won’t be long now, their heads will be on silver platters as well as many good AMERICANS. Just for having been in the FBI.
      They will kill Slow Joe just to get him out of the way.
      Just like the Spanish Inquisition, many will disappear. Be tortured. And killed.
      I cannot believe that fools as they are, did not see between the lines, and they too will pay a very heavy price.
      And the truly guilty party, they will not see it coming untill it is way too late for them.all the greed, all the lust, all the lies, all the deceit…have fun in hell Nancy, Jerry, Chucky, adam, George, Warren, sukberger, Bette, Cher, rock, Neil, Robert, heels up, Joe, AOC, ilhan, tailhead and all of the rest of you. (You know who you are)
      Just remember, there ain’t no water in hell, and if there was you would not be allowed to drink it.
      God saw, God heard, and God will teach you.

  2. POTUS!
    I hope that in four more years he will still be around and I do hope that you run for presidency. I hope you learned a few tricks alongside their. I feel so badly about what they’ve done to you over these last four years they have been so very unprofessional an adult like, and very very selfish not caring 1iota for the American people and what we stand for and what we want. These people were put in office to work for us not for themselves. And that’s where the real swamp is I prayed to God for you everyday sir, and I pray for this nation everyday. If there is racism in this country it’s coming from the people who want to kill Mame and hurt people who have a difference of opinion that’s the true racism they don’t see themselves that way but that is where the trouble is it is with them. God bless you

    1. PEOPLE of the UNITED STATES of AMERICA: PLEASE pay ATTENTION for WHAT was SAID in the ABOVE POST is 1,000 % TRUE !!!!! Those that have been in OFFICE for MANY, MANY YEARS MUST be REPLACED in ORDER for ANY PRESIDENT 2 DRAIN the SWAMP !!!


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