The White House has made every push to get the base vote out to the polls. The numbers are expected to be higher than in the past 12 years. White House sources contend the President has conference called with pastors about five or six times leading into the November 2nd elections. First Lady Michelle Obama last week spoke to about 1600 women of faith in efforts to get African Americans to the polls. There were also added efforts with black media. Since September 10, 2010 President Obama has interviewed with at least 16 members of the black press and black radio talk show hosts to get the Democratic message out to vote.
Previously, David Bositis of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies said, there are 20 House elections where the size of the black turnout is not really much question about what direction African Americans are going to vote, they will vote Democratic. There are 20 House districts, there are 14 U-S Senate districts, that is U-S Senate seats, and 14 Gubernatorial elections were the size of the African American turnout would have a direct impact on the elections.”
Officials at the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies contends it takes about two days after election day to get the black voter turnout statistics to determine the impact of the base black vote on polling.
Hillary Shelton, of the NAACP, a non partisan civil rights organization, believes the November 2, 2010 elections “will exceed the normal levels of participation which are forty percent.” of the electorate. Shelton is strongly convinced much of that will be do to the “increased participation of African Americans and other racial and ethnic minorities across the country.”
Immediately after the elections, federal lawmakers will come back to Washington to begin work on the lame duck session. Another White House source says Republicans will gain some seats and there will be a shift in the Capitol Hill landscape no matter who wins the House and or Senate. But, the hope from the White House is that there will be a difference in the GOP approach.