The Minority Vote

THE MINORITY VOTE….Hmmm. Republican pollster Tony Fabrizio has just finished a survey of 12 battleground states and finds Bush and Kerry tied with 47% of the vote apiece. But when he weights for minority turnout based on the 2000 exit polls, Kerry is ahead 49.2%-45.7%. And when he further updates the weighting to take into account the most recent census results, Kerry is ahead 49.9%-44.7%.

As Fabrizio blandly puts it, “It is clear that minority turnout is a wildcard in this race and represents a huge upside for Sen. Kerry and a considerable challenge for the President’s campaign.” More accurately, if Fabrizio is right ? that Kerry is ahead by 5% overall in the battleground states ? Kerry is a sure winner on November 2.

Suddenly the Bush campaign’s obsession with challenging voters in minority neighborhoods makes a lot of sense, doesn’t it? Their own internal polling is probably telling them the same thing that Fabrizio’s poll says: unless they somehow manage to keep the minority vote down, they’re doomed.

NOTE: The press release with the poll results is here. However, it’s a PDF file that blew up my computer when I tried to open it. I eventually had to download it to my hard drive and reboot my PC in order to read it. Fair warning.