Thats how this article from the Washington post leads off.
Bad news for Michael S. Steele, the leading Maryland Republican candidate for Senate in November: The scuttling noise he hears on Election Day could be the sound of tens of thousands of white Republicans crossing over to vote for the Democrat.
In fact, white Republicans nationally are 25 percentage points more likely on average to vote for the Democratic senatorial candidate when the GOP hopeful is black, says economist Ebonya Washington of Yale University in a forthcoming article in the Quarterly Journal of Economics.
now the 25% is similar for independents (which is a bogus term) so your thinking OMG the bigoted evil white men…..
Not so fast, Richard Morin closes the article with what should lead the article….
But racially motivated crossover voting is not just a Republican phenomenon. Democrats also desert their party when its candidate is black, Washington found. In House races, white Democrats are 38 percentage points less likely to vote Democratic if their candidate is black.
Yep Democrats are less likely to vote for a black canidate then republicans
the real story
people do stupid things, for stupid reasons