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New Polling Shows Impact of Black Vote on Midterms – NAACP to Discuss on Monday

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*Washington, DC — On Monday, November 19 at 11 am ET, the NAACP and African American leaders will examine the first comprehensive analysis of how black voters voted this cycle and why?

The new poll takes a look at African American voters across various competitive elections to determine how this electorate engaged in 2018 and how these findings might shape the future of elections.

The key takeaway of this poll is clear: Democrats’ 2018 wins across the country were dependent on voters of color, particularly black voters, as a majority of white voters supported Republicans. To have similar or greater wins in 2020, Democrats must invest in communities of color and the issues that matter most to these constituents.

The poll focused on six states with competitive elections (CA, FL, GA, TX, NV, and AZ), as well as a national survey of House battleground districts. The poll was based on randomly selected voters across the entire state, or congressional district, giving all voters an equal chance to participate. This election eve poll, which more accurately captures voters of color than exit polls, will demonstrate how black voters shaped the outcome of the 2018 election.



  • Derrick Johnson, NAACP President and CEO
  • Judith Browne Dianis, Executive Director of Advancement Project
  • Henry Fernandez, Principal, African American Research Collaborative
  • Professor Ray Block, Jr., University of Kentucky, African American Research Collaborative
  • Jamal R. Watkins, NAACP Vice President of Civic Engagement


WHAT: Webinar to examine Black voters’ behavior

WHEN: Monday, November 19, 2018 at 11 am ET

DIAL IN: 785-424-1669; PASSCODE: “POLL”






Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation’s oldest and largest nonpartisan civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities. You can read more about the NAACP’s work and our six “Game Changer” issue areas by visiting




Malik Russell
NAACP Communications Team
[email protected]

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