And by “we” I mean the black voters of Alabama.
Can I tell you what I spent time doing this morning to no avail? Trying to find the demographic breakdown of exit polls in Alabama for the 2016 Presidential election. I needed to see something that would say that more White Women voted for Jones than for Clinton to give me hope that maybe my group shifted in the right direction a little bit because seeing that only 34% of us voted for Jones is SO VERY DEPRESSING. Once again we owe this success to the black community which is a miracle since our state is so very good at suppressing the black vote.
BUT THANKS TO THE BLACK VOTERS OF ALABAMA, WE CAN CELEBRATE!
Also thanks to so many of my friends who were boots on the ground and voices on the phone and gave dollars to the campaign. I can not tell you how many photos I saw on Facebook over the last two weeks of people phone banking and door knocking. I HAVE SO MANY POLITICALLY ACTIVE FRIENDS! It’s amazing.
We decided to watch the results roll in with the Madison County Democrats at one of our local breweries and it was AMAZING. I put some videos on my instagram story of the crowd cheering as the results were rolling in that gave us the lead. I’m so glad we did that because it was SUCH a great group to celebrate with. There was hugging and crying and cheering – especially every time they showed our blue county in North Alabama. WE WENT BLUE, GUYS! Which we were hopeful about since the signs in yards around town favored Jones about 10-1.
It’s a weird feeling to actually vote in an election the whole country is watching and know that your vote REALLY DID MATTER. Is this what you people in purple states feel like?
Anyway – thank you all who kept your fingers crossed. The white people of Alabama still have some soul-searching to do. But we can celebrate now. Last night this red state went blue.