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Republicans turn to the White


Finding supporters of the Republican Party among America's ethnic minorities is not easy. According to a recent poll black support for Romney stands at a whopping 0%. What this heralds, says Gary Younge in the Guardian, is the most racially polarised election ever.

To win, Romney needs 61% of the white vote from a white turnout of 74%. That's some target. John McCain got just 55% in 2008.

In search of that total Romney has embraced campaign messages that play to the prejudices of the "angry white guy" demographic, stoking fears that "Obamacare" is a "transfer of resources from hard working white retirees to indigent minority ethnic people". With white people "destined to become a minority" in a few decades, this strategy's sell-by date is approaching.