The turnout of Black voters in key swing states is likely what allowed Joe Biden to get ahead in the 2020 presidential race.
When data from swing states like Michigan and Georgia first came in on the night of the election, Donald Trump showed a healthy lead. Then, cities with large Black populations started reporting.
Detroit, which is 78.6% Black, reported their voting data and propelled Joe Biden ahead, ultimately helping him claim the crucial swing state.
Multiple news outlets projected Biden the winner of the state’s 16 electoral votes after he gained a 2.8 point lead on Trump, with over 98% voting precincts reporting data.
After the news of Biden’s lead broke, a mob of Trump supporters surrounded a Detroit voting precinct, demanding entry.
In the new battleground state of Georgia, the presidential race took a surprising turn after Trump’s lead quickly narrowed. Atlanta and its surrounding counties began reporting, eventually making the state too close to call.
As the country awaits a final tally from the state, many analysts are underlining that political change is evident because of how close the race is.The last time Georgia gave a Democrat its 16 electoral votes was in the 1992 presidential election.
Despite being a community disproportionately affected by the coronavirus, Black voters made their way to vote in person, by ballot drop box, and by mail, and are the likely reason for turning the tide in battleground states in this historic election.
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