As it has already passed, in the 2012 election race did play a role. Since he was the first black man to be running for the election, many other people figured it was time for a change and voted for him. He official made history for being the first black president.
As much as we'd hope the impact of race would decline over time ... it appears the impact of anti-black sentiment on voting is about the same as it was four years ago,Race and religion play a role in most electoral campaigns, although most people would never admit it. Religion is far more prominent for most, because people relate more to people that they can see their own values in, and religious code has a standard that is expected to be upheld. Race is a whole different issue, and racism is still an issue, but gender plays a bigger role.Voters’ racial attitudes, both conscious and unconscious, may be a significant factor in this year’s U.S. presidential election, particularly since whites tend to prefer people of their own race.
It is simply a statistical fact that African Americans almost unanimously supported Barack in both the 2008 and 2012 elections (1).
This can be compared to the relatively lower African American support for previous Democratic candidates: John Kerry (88%), Clinton (82/84%0, and Al Gore (90%)(2). Although the differences may appear small, they are obviously statistically significant given the massive population size.
In addition, African Americans tend to hold socially conservative views(3) and had a largely higher voter turnout during Obama's 2008 election(4)(5). Social conservatism tends to emphasize intra-group altruism, suspicion of unfamiliar groups, and is correlated with views of ethnocentrism and xenophobia (6)(7).
Of course this issue is not isolated within the African American community. The data I've posted would obviously imply that reactionaries, regardless of their own race, would be at fault for causing ethnic identity to be a decisive factor for this year's election.
Of course it will, in 2008, 76% of Obama's supporters voted for him, for the reason he was black. At my school, we stood outside and asked people why they voted for who they did, almost every single person who voted for Obama voted for him because they wanted to say they made history and voted for the first black president. People are very ignorant to the things Obama actually does. Anyone who was president at the time could've killed Osama Bin Laden, all Obama did was sign a paper.
If it relied on race, more minorities would have been supported in the Primary. The other issue is, if it relied on race, Romney would not be performing as well as he is. He has said nothing different than McCain, unless it was to agree with the President. Also of all the issues debate, you never heard civil liberties or poverty come up.