Posted on November 18, 2020
“African Americans, Latinx, and Independents were the critical margin of victory for President-elect Joseph Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris when the state of Pennsylvania called the contest in their favor just before noon on Saturday, November 7, securing enough Electoral College votes to win the presidential election. In a close and deeply divided partisan race in which nearly 160 million voters in the United States—a record number of American voters—participated, it was the swing constituency of independents along with Black and Latinx voters who helped to put the Biden-Harris ticket over the top, both in the popular vote and in key battleground states.”
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Prof Omar H. Ali
Dean of Lloyd International Honors College and professor of African American political history at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He is the author of In the Balance of Power: Independent Black Politics and Third Party Movements in the United States (Ohio University Press, 2020).