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The purpose of this study is to analyze and understand the factors that influence minority populations to vote in their particular manner. It will seek to offer a critical reevaluation of three fundamental and interlocking themes of each group’s socioeconomic status, cultural factors, and political participation factors. This research specifically seeks to understand the factors that influence Blacks, Hispanics, and Asian voters in supporting the Democratic Party over the Republican Party. It will compare and contrast the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections to understand why the voters voted the way they did. By doing so, this study will show how and why these factors play an important role in the voting behavior of Blacks, Hispanics, and Asians. Although there are different explanations of racial politics offered by other literature, this research is unique in the way it offers a more comprehensive method in examining the factors that influence voting patterns of the aforementioned minority groups.


Advisor: Kiron Skinner

Department of Social and Decision Sciences