Alabama Exit Polls Reveal That African-American Women Voted 98% for Doug Jones

Even though accurate voting data is not yet available, people on Twitter are giving black women the credit for Roy Moore’s defeat.

https://twitter.com/roywoodjr/status/940945786938052608

But it did not always seem that this would happen.

The Atlantic reports that there was a very different narrative among Alabama’s black voters leading into Tuesday’s special election. They were not mobilizing nor were they described as “energized.” Interest was low, with the majority of African-Americans polled by the New York Times not even knowing an election was going on. If Jones had lost, surely the blame would have shifted to African-Americans – the very group that ended up saving the election.

On Election day, the narrative flipped, challenging traditional thinking about racial turnout in off-year elections. Precincts in the state’s “black belt” reported long lines throughout the day. By all accounts, black turnout exceeded expectations.

Meanwhile, Moore’s support sagged in majority-white counties, where many voters preferred to stay home than vote for Jones. Case in point, The Atlantic reports that only 56 percent of Trump-entrenched Cullman County’s 2016 presidential election levels arrived at the polls to vote this time around.

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