Hamilton County: Minorities Votes are Key in Winning County and Propelling Obama Towards Re-Election
From cincinnati.com -
President Barack Obama won historically conservative Hamilton County again this year because Republicans failed to fully comprehend and adjust to the county’s changing demographics. With Hamilton one of the most sought-after counties in the nation, that failure helped tilt the election in Ohio and therefore in the rest of the country.
Obama took 51.79 percent of the vote in the county – that’s actually less than four years ago, when the president took more than 53 percent of the vote. But he did so well in the city of Cincinnati’s urban areas and well enough in many suburbs that the more heavily Republican communities like Blue Ash and Sycamore and Symmes townships didn’t matter enough.
Of the city’s 174 precincts, Mitt Romney won just 25, the county’s initial count of votes shows. And in places like Hyde Park and Mount Lookout, though he got more votes there, he didn’t blow Obama out, according to an Enquirer analysis of the results. The analysis doesn’t include more than 100,000 absentee ballots, since officials don’t assign these ballots to a specific political jurisdiction until later.
To put it more bluntly: “We got drilled in the non-white population,” said County Commission President Greg Hartmann, the county field director for Mitt Romney’s campaign. “You can’t get drilled in the city,” he said, and expect to win. Voters in the swing state of Ohio were the targets of a turnout campaign of unprecedented intensity, with both campaigns, unions, special interests and dozens of other groups knocking on literally millions of doors. That worked for the president, whose winning percentages stayed relatively steady, the analysis showed. Read the rest of the story here.