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The Trail: 2012 Presidential News from the Field / Sunday Shows

Schumer Confident in Minority Support for Obama

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May 6, 2012

Despite rising concerns that new voter ID laws could dampen turnout among minority voters, a key constituency for President Obama, Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., said he is not worried about Obama’s support among minority voters.

“I think you'll see as large an African American turnout, if not larger than, previously in the last election. The Hispanic turnout will be large, and the vote will be a greater margin for the president,” he said on CBS’s Face the Nation.

While polls show Obama with an overwhelming advantage among African American voters, Face the Nation host Bob Scheiffer pointed out that voter registration numbers are down. Schumer, who heads the policy and messaging shop for Senate Democrats, seemed confident, however, that Obama would turn out minority voters, and argued that if Romney doesn't shore up support with this demographic, he can’t win in November.

 

Schumer said: “[Romney] cannot win the states of Colorado, and Nevada and New Mexico, and probably not Florida,” if he doesn't gain minority support, "which makes his electoral math impossible."

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