Oklahoma ranks No. 1 in proportional representation of blacks in national party conventions, according to a study by financial website WalletHub.
WalletHub conducted an in-depth analysis of 2016’s States with the Highest Political Engagement Among Blacks.
They looked at black voter turnout and registration during the most recent midterm and presidential elections as well as the proportional representation of blacks in the state legislature and national party conventions.
Other rankings for Oklahoma include:
No. 23 – proportional representation in state legislature
No. 36 – black voter registration (2012)
No. 38 – black voter registration (2014)
No. 38 – black voter turnout (2012)
No. 41 – black voter turnout (2014)
In both 2008 and 2012, black voters turned out at the polls at unprecedented numbers, helping to secure the election and re-election of the first black president in the Oval Office. Barack Obama owed much of his White House bid to this demographic, granting him more than 90 percent of their vote during each election cycle.
This year, black voters will account for more than 12 percent of the national electorate, but whether they’ll repeat history remains an unpredictable outcome. There is no black candidate on the Democratic side this time.