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Black voter surge spells even more woe for the GOP

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | 5/15/2013, 8:45 a.m.

The other GOP flagship is its domination of the state legislatures in North Carolina, Virginia, Florida, Ohio and several other states. There’s ongoing warfare between the Republicans and the Democrats over GOP-concocted remapping plans in Florida and Ohio, and other states. The plans would virtually insure a spate of GOP-friendly voting districts in future presidential elections.

GOP governors and state legislatures also have concocted a blizzard of voter suppression measures, from hyper-restrictive ID laws to slashing voting days and hours to further damp down the Hispanic and black vote numbers. The GOP’s aim is to gain even greater dominance in the House and win majority control in the Senate in 2014.

The biggest prize, though, is still the White House, and the more GOP-controlled districts there are in the states that Obama won in 2008 and again in 2012, the greater the odds are of rolling those states back into the GOP win column.

But these tactics can’t reverse history. The black vote is and will remain a foundation of the Democratic Party in key states. And the increased number of black voters and their willingness to go to the polls poses a mortal threat to break the GOP’s grip in the South. This can only add to the GOP’s woes.

Earl Ofari Hutchinson is an author and political analyst.