The Democratic Core in Election 2012

By WGBH News

May 10, 2012

BOSTON — Latinos, African Americans, millennials, gay voters: All were key supporters in Obama's run for the White House in 2008. But will they come out in force in November — and could the Republicans win their vote? WGBH News and NPR have followed this story and bring you voices from these communities and analysis on the current political climate.

In 2008, young voters chose Obama 2-to-1 over John McCain. But over the past 4 years, the millennials have been losing steam as they face student loan debt and a stagnant job market. Mitt Romney and Obama have been trying to appeal to these young voters, from parachuting into college campuses to slow jamming on late night television.

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Gov. Deval Patrick and Obama both made history by becoming the first African Americans in their political roles. They've been balancing their message on race ever since.

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But: Could the president's announcement that he supports same-sex marriage alienate some Black voters? An October 2011 Pew poll found a majority of African Americans oppose it.


Latinos have become the largest and fastest-growing minority group in the country, and a pivotal one forthe presidential race. Several Boston voters said they're sticking with the incumbent — but Romney's choice of running mate might turn the tide.

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Gay and lesbian voters have been largely supportive of the Obama administration, but some felt the president was moving too slowly on the issue of same-sex marriage. Now that he's "come out" in support ... what's the reaction?

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