Thursday November 08, 2012
Obama Wins Ohio’s Lucas County
By Jennine Vari
Fall 2012 Intern
90% of Ohio’s election results are in, and President Barack Obama has secured 50% of the vote, leaving Governor Romney with 48%. As the remaining ballots are counted, we examine the numbers from one of the most contested swing states, which also has one of the largest Arab American populations in the country. In 2010, the U.S. Census estimated Ohio’s Arab American population to be 65,813, though AAI’s own internal research suggests that the number is closer to 150,000. The five counties with the largest Arab populations are Cuyahoga, Franklin, Lucas, Summit, and Hamilton.
Battle for Lucas County
Ohio is a pivotal state in every election, but given the weak economy and enduring importance of the American auto manufacturing industry, both presidential candidates have paid special attention to the swing state. However, Lucas County voters strongly supported President Obama despite Romney’s recent ads, which made frightening (and false) claims about the future of Toledo’s auto industry. The radio ads implied that under Obama, GM and Chrysler cut jobs but planned to expand production in China, a move that would destroy the local auto manufacturing industry in Toledo. After these aired, both companies denied this claim, saying that they had no intention of moving production from the U.S. to China.
Earlier this week, the Toledo Blade published an article about AAI president Jim Zogby’s visit to Lucas County, where he emphasized its importance in determining the state’s election result. “From everything I’m hearing right now, as this county goes, so goes Ohio, and as Ohio goes, so goes the Nation.” Yesterday, a majority of voters in both Lucas County, Ohio and the nation re-elected Barack Obama.
In fact, all five counties with the largest Arab American populations voted for Obama by large margins, which are almost identical to the 2008 presidential election results.
The rest of Ohio’s election results can be found here.
Although Arab Americans did not clinch the election in Ohio, their support for Barack Obama and their participation in the mobilization effort was certainly a contributing factor. This is a testament to the fact that Arab Americans make up a sizable portion of the electorate and that they are in fact politically significant.blog comments powered by Disqus