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12/12/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Obama's Mixed Success Reshaping Electorate: In Some States, Fewer Blacks Voted

Did Barack Obama meet his goals to reshape the electorate in key battleground states? Exit polls from 2004 and 2008 suggest the answer was yes in some respects, but no in others.

As the charts below demonstrate, the share of the vote cast by Hispanics rose substantially in Colorado, New Mexico and Nevada -- all states carried by President Bush in 2004 that Obama captured in 2008. At the same time, Obama improved on the Democratic share of the vote among Hispanics in all three states, as well as in Florida, another 2004 red state that he captured this week.

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