Impact of Race on Election Remains an Unknown Factor

Publication: The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer


10/22/2008 - With Election Day near, questions over how race will impact voter choices in the first presidential election with an African-American candidate representing a major party remain a looming factor. Analysts discuss the role race has—and has not—played in the contest.

Gwen Ifill talks to Michael Fauntroy, professor of public policy at George Mason University and author of the book Republicans and the Black Vote; Andrew Kohut, president of the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press; and Eddie Glaude, Jr., a professor of religion and African-American studies at Princeton and author of In a Shade of Blue: Pragmatism and the Politics of Black America.

Read the transcript or watch the video Impact of Race on the Election Remains an Unknown Factor on the NewsHour's Web site.

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