Black Women Played A Big Part In Doug Jones’ Surprise Victory In Alabama

WASHINGTON ― Increased turnout among black voters ― particularly black women ― fueled Democrat Doug Jones’ stunning victory in Alabama’s Senate special election on Tuesday, demonstrating how crucial they are to the party’s base.

According to exit polls, an astounding 98 percent of black women who cast ballots voted for Jones (as did 93 percent of black men).

While blacks typically vote overwhelmingly for Democrats, interviews by HuffPost prior to the election found many African Americans in Alabama were not all that enthused by Jones’ candidacy, and his campaign made some missteps in its outreach to them.

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