Dem pollster says midterms showed a gap between white, black women

Pollster Silas Lee said on Wednesday that there was a gap in how white women and black women voted in the midterm elections. 

"Yes, there was a 19-point gap in women supporting Democratic candidates, but in terms of African-American women and white women, there was a big gap," Lee, a sociology professor at Xavier University, told Hill.TV's Joe Concha on "What America's Thinking," referring to a Pew Research Center poll. 

"Ninety percent of African-American women voters, they voted Democratic, especially with Stacey Abrams, and [Andrew] Gillum, and other Democratic candidates," he continued, referring to the Georgia and Florida gubernatorial races, respectively. 

"However, we noticed that with white, women voters, it was a smaller gap, anywhere from 48 to 50 percent. So when you look at those numbers, you have to isolate the race and gender," he said. 

The midterms saw a number of high-profile black, Democratic candidates including Georgie gubernatorial candidate Abrams and Florida gubernatorial candidate Gillum. 

The Pew survey found that 90 percent of black voters voted for Democratic candidates, with 92 percent of black women voting Democratic. 

The poll also showed a divide in how white women voted, with 49 percent favoring Democratic candidates. 


— Julia Manchester