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FROM CNN’s Jack Cafferty:
The New York Times reports that race remains a powerful factor among a small minority of voters – particularly in poor areas with a lot of white working-class people.
That includes places in the battleground state of Ohio, where a few votes could make a big difference.
In 50 interviews in one such Ohio county, five people raised race directly as a reason they will not vote for President Obama. Some of them said the only reason the president won in 2008 is because many blacks voted for the first time.
Others didn’t mention race directly, but indirectly hinted at suspicions of Obama’s background and faith.
The president recently described race in America as still “complicated.” He says he never bought into the idea that the country was entering a post-racial period by electing him.
Maybe so – but a lot of people did. More than half of Americans in 2008 said that race relations would improve as a result of Obama’s election.
Fast forward to 2012 and that view has changed dramatically.