Dissecting the 2008 Electorate: Most Diverse in U.S. History

Source: Mark Hugo Lopez, Paul Taylor, PEW Research Center Report, April 30, 2009

The electorate in last year’s presidential election was the most racially and ethnically diverse in U.S. history, with nearly one-in-four votes cast by non-whites, according to a new analysis of Census Bureau data by the Pew Research Center.1 The nation’s three biggest minority groups–blacks, Hispanics and Asians–each accounted for unprecedented shares of the presidential vote in 2008.

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