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A higher-than-expected number of black men voted for Republican Brian Kemp in Georgia’s gubernatorial election, prompting questions of their voting habits in a post-Barack Obama era.

Democrat Stacey Abrams admitted defeat on Nov. 16, more than a week after Election Day 2018 had passed. Her concession ended one of the closest races — and one of the most controversial — in Georgia’s modern history. Ultimately, Kemp won by nearly 55,000 votes out of around 3,939,000 total votes cast.

This margin of victory is much smaller considering Georgia law requires candidates to obtain more than 50 percent of the total vote or else face a runoff with the second-highest contender. In this context, Kemp escaped a second election with Abrams by about 17,000 votes.

As is typical for states in the deep south, white men voted overwhelmingly for the Republican candidate — where they made the vast bulk of Kemp’s base on Election Day. Kemp also performed extremely well with white women, capturing about 75 percent of their vote. On the other side, black women — perhaps hoping to elect the first black female governor in U.S. history — voted for Abrams by a 97-percent margin.

However, it’s one segment of the Georgia population that has raised eyebrows: black men.

Eight percent of black men pulled the lever for Kemp on Election Day, according to the Associated Press’ VoteCast. CNN’s network exit polling projected that number to be as much as 11 percent. The numbers reflect the double-digit support Donald Trump enjoyed from this demographic in Georgia following the 2016 presidential election. Exit polling following the 2016 election indicated that 15 percent of black men voted for Trump, bucking the norms of the previous two presidential election cycles.

Experts are surmising that black men are returning to their voting behavior before Barack Obama — the first black man elected U.S. president in history — entered the national political scene in 2008.

“Now that Obama is out, basically black men have gone back to where they were before” in terms of supporting the Democratic Party, Ted Johnson, a senior fellow at the Brennan Center for Justice, told The Washington Post. “The fact that Abrams got in the high 80s or low 90s means she outperformed Democratic candidates, pre-Obama, among black men.”

Before the 2008 election, roughly 82 percent of black men favored Democratic candidates — a close reflection to how they voted in the Georgia gubernatorial contest. Johnson attributes this disparity among black men and women to “self-determination and economic empowerment” themes found in conservative ideology, concepts that resonate among males.

“[T]hat entrepreneurial spirit is alive in the black community,” Johnson said.

While the Georgia gubernatorial election has ended, the controversy surrounding the outcome has not. Abrams — a former state representative and romance novelist — has vehemently tried to delegitimize the election results. Abrams, without evidence, has claimed Kemp used his authority as the Georgia secretary of state to suppress the black vote. When Abrams admitted she would lose the election, she refused to use the word “concede,” arguing it would “acknowledge an action is right, true, or proper.”

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  1. Toni

    November 26, 2018 at 1:12 am

    It is good to see the minority are realizing the Dems have done nothing for them over the years. I hope this continues even though as a white person I have been recently refused service twice in restaurants where all employees were black. Saddens me since I was not part of the segregation stuff that went on. Hope this practice is temporary, but glad to see the minority population is finally waking up.

  2. dostaboy

    November 26, 2018 at 2:48 am

    Toni, I too have been denied service in an all-black restaurant declaring that the food I requested was “out of stock”. If you attempt to paint me as a “racist” because I didn’t vote for a Democrat Socialist anti-American to be my governor, you would be sorely mistaken. If Stacey Abrams had been a Conservative Republican with a realistic vision for my state commensurate with my beliefs, I wouldn’t have hesitated to vote for her on the ballot. But she exhibited the myopic idiocy of the far-leftist – Democrat Party – Soros-paid-for – cabal intent on destroying our precious United States. Stacey, if you want to be our Governor, get the vision of a better political party.

  3. Mary Johnson

    November 26, 2018 at 2:57 am

    Why do we have to make everything about race? It should be what is best for this country and her people and not just one race but all races vote. It is good to see people starting to understand which party is for the people. I can only hope more will see before the Democrats destroy this country. They keep trying and we keep fighting.

  4. Jenny Harp

    November 26, 2018 at 8:23 am

    Race race race race race…..after all this time all I hear after he or she or white or asian, indian, infinity.. is Charlie Brown’s teacher’s voice. Wa waa waaawawawa wa wa. Uh oh i’m in trouble again… Charlie Brown is a racist….gezzz, next Santa will be a pedophile because he has kids sit on his lap, PETA will be up in arms about the reindeer and grinches dog, ACLU will be filing labor desputes for the elves oh and A Christmas Story will become about gun control and remember the “gun fight” in the backyard… well what else..Mass Shootings.. Happy Holi…. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Lol

  5. Chaz

    November 26, 2018 at 12:37 pm

    One thing for sure, if Abrams keeps on eating like it was her last meal, GA will not have to worry about her being on the ballot in the future.

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