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How Black women shape Democratic politics

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Washington — Black women are often called the backbone of the Democratic Party — reliable and loyal voters whose support can make or break a candidate.

In 2018, they were more likely than women in any other racial or ethnic group to support Democratic House candidates, according to AP VoteCast, which surveyed more than 115,000 voters nationwide, including close to 7,000 Black women, making it one of the most in-depth available looks at the group’s political views.

But that doesn’t mean Black women are “typical” Democrats.

An AP analysis of the VoteCast data reveals that Black women’s views often stand out as more moderate than the rest of the party. Rep. Lucy McBath, D-Ga., center, smiles with Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., second from right, following a group portrait of the House Democratic women members of the 116th Congress Jan. 4, 2019, on the East Front Capitol Plaza Capitol Hill in Washington. (Photo: Andrew Harnik, AP) Ideology

In its survey of 2018 midterm voters who identified with or leaned toward the Democratic Party, VoteCast shows that Black women were much less likely than others to call themselves liberal (42% vs 60%) and more likely to call themselves moderate (43% vs 34%) or conservative […]

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