About Me

I am Associate Professor and Chair of the History Department at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth. I am also the Academic Director of the Clemente Course in the Humanities, in New Bedford MA. Author of "Social Security and the Middle Class Squeeze" (Praeger, 2005) and the forthcoming "Saul Alinsky the Dilemma of Race in the Post-War City" (University of Chicago Press), my teaching and scholarship focuses on American urban history, social policy, and politics. I am presently writing a book on home ownership in modern America, entitled "Castles Made of Sand? Home Ownership and the American Dream." I live in Providence RI, where I have served on the School Board since March 2015. All opinions posted here are my own.

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Live blogging, just before 8pm closings (Latino vote)

7:39pm:  According to Ruy Teixeira, "[T]here will be 23.7 million eligible Hispanic voters this year, an increase of 22 percent over 2008. This has brought the Hispanic share of all eligible voters up to 11 percent, 1.5 percentage points higher than 2008. Recent data also indicates that Hispanic voter enthusiasm, after flagging early in the campaign, is now, if anything, higher than in 2008."  Early exit polls seem to indicate that Latino voters made up 10% of this year's actual voters, up from 9% in 2008.

7:11pm:  the fact that VA opens as too close to call is probably good news for Obama -- or at the very least, its not bad news.  CNN is reporting on air that according to preliminary exit polls, the partisan makeup of the electorate in the swing state of Virginia is 39 percent Democrat, 33 percent Republican and 28 percent unaffiliated voters.  Its 39-30 in favor of Democrats in Ohio.

7:10pm:  CNN is reporting an increase in Latino turnout in Florida and a decrease in white turnout, according to exit polls -- a positive sign for Obama.

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