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Old 11-08-2009, 10:20 AM
 
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There was an article in the Charlotte Observer today regarding the changing demographics in Charlotte and it's impact on the Mayoral Race and the future of Charlotte. In short, the article implies that Charlotte may have shifted to blue/democratic/minority town given that from 1995 to 2000 Charlotte has become one of most popular destination for African-Americans from across the country. Statistics were provided by the Brookings Institution.

The article from the Charlotte Observer is titled:
Foxx's victory may signal shift to Dems in Charlotte -
Electorate has fewer whites and fewer Republicans than when McCrory was first elected mayor 14 years ago.

Given the banking crisis (BOA to NY, Wachovia gone), minority population up, CMS (Charlotte Meck Schools) only have 34% white population, what will Charlotte look like in 10-15 years?

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Old 11-08-2009, 11:23 AM
 
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I find it interesting/bothersome that folks are making a big deal behind the candidates race as far as the mayoral election is concerned. 2 years ago(?) in 2007 Pat McCrory ran against a Black woman (Dem) and won handily. WHY. Most people, of all races liked him better than his opponent. Democrats voted across party lines. That's well beyond the time 1995-2000 span quoted by the Observer. Foxx adn Lassiter were pretty similar candidates when you strip away the party labels. Given that, people were more likely to vote within their party.

Also, McCrory was elected 14 years ago, but he was also reelected 2 years ago, well after any demographic shift in Charlotte.

The area may have more Dems than in past years, but my guess is that is has a less to do with African-American migration and overall migration from the West and NorthEast. Areas that are traditionally more democratic than not.

And for the record, voter turnout was less in 2009 than in 2007 so I don't see any huge Black voter turnout that swung the election for Foxx.

It would be interesting to see a real analysis of the data instead of broad conjecture. I see it as a party affiliaction issue and not a racial issue.
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Old 11-08-2009, 01:31 PM
 
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"It would be interesting to see a real analysis of the data instead of broad conjecture."

I agree, but you aren't likely to see any real analysis in The Charlotte Observer or on WCNC. They seem to want to put a racial spin on every news issue. I have found their reporting to be very biased
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Old 11-08-2009, 03:35 PM
 
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Where are you getting that CMS is only 34 percent white. That seems pretty low. I thought it was in the 40s somewhere?
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Old 11-08-2009, 05:44 PM
 
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Default Good point

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The area may have more Dems than in past years, but my guess is that is has a less to do with African-American migration and overall migration from the West and NorthEast. Areas that are traditionally more democratic than not.
I agree with you on this point. Race makes a more interesting story ... better for sales.
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Old 11-08-2009, 07:38 PM
 
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Where are you getting that CMS is only 34 percent white. That seems pretty low. I thought it was in the 40s somewhere?
I'd like to see the numbers that prove this too.
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Old 11-09-2009, 07:39 AM
 
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I'd like to see the numbers that prove this too.
Me three
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Old 11-09-2009, 08:09 AM
 
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CMS (Charlotte Meck Schools) only have 34% white population, what will Charlotte look like in 10-15 years?

False.

CMS, according to the IES Center for Education Statistics, has 174,249 students of which 97,981 identify themselves as "white only". 59,778
are AA and about 12,000 are hispanic or latino

So... more accurately:

56% white, 34% AA and around 6% latino or hispanic.

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