A CNN poll revealed this past Monday shows that there has been a noticibly significant drop in overall support for Democrats across black voters, which just might end up costing the Democrats its control of its U.S. Senate.
Harry Enten, a senior data reporter for CNN, expressed that black voters were the central core of the Democratic Party, but this shift in that security just might be a death flag for quite a few Democratic senatorial candidates.
“Look, they’re still getting 74 percent support in the pre-election polling right now but compare that to the final polling for 2020 President and 2018 Congress,” he expressed. “In 2020 it was 84 percent, 85 percent in 2018.”
All the while, support for Republicans from black voters has started to climb from its meager 9% back in 2018 and 2020 to 12% as of now.
Across black adults, the approval rating for Old Uncle Joe was sitting pretty at 87% throughout the period of January and June 2021 but has now drastically dropped down to 64%.
“That’s a huge drop,” explained Brianna Keilar with CNN.
ENten highlighted that various battleground states vis-à-vis the U.S. Senate could end up being heavily affected by even a slight percentage of black voters making a change to vote Republican. Those particular states include North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Georgia, and Nevada.
As reported by FiveThirtyEight, the burgeoning black vote stood in favor of Democrats for Georgia back in 2020, “Most suburbs in Atlanta have shifted toward Democrats by 31 points or so in 20 years and have gained, on average, more than 315,000 voting-age Black Americans, far outpacing the growth of the white voting-age population by 200,000.”
However, the extremely close race taking place between incumbent Democratic Senator Raphael Warnock and GOP challenger Herschel Walker could end up heavily relying on the large black vote across the state.
Out in Nevada, the closely contested race between incumbent Democratic Senator Catherine Cortez Masto and GOP challenger Adam Laxalt could end up being decided by just a slight difference in the overall black vote, especially as many voters are quite concerned over the rapidly rising rate of inflation.
In that same vein, in Pennsylvania, the extremely close race taking place between GOP candidate Dr. Mehmet Oz and Democrat John Fetterman could end up being heavily affected by the black vote. Back in 2010, while holding the office of Mayor for Braddock, Pennsylvania, Fetterman was reportedly responsible for the vandalization of the signage for a local business. To go along with that, he had another incident attributed to him that could end up pushing away the black vote.
Fetterman was embroiled in a controversy back in 2013 after he reacted to what he thought was gunfire by pulling a gun of his own against an African-American and holding him until police arrived — an event that seeded unease through many black votes.