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How the election Results Would have Looked if Only White Men were Allowed to Vote

There were a fair few grumbles among  Americans as the election approached – but none, thankfully, about the fact  women or ethnic minorities were unable to vote.

Turn back the clocks 150 years, and it would  have been a very different story, with the outcome of the election also greatly  changed.

Buzzfeed has taken this year’s exit polls for gender,  colour and age, and compiled maps showing whether the states would have turned  blue or red before universal suffrage.

The maps interestingly reveal just how much  Obama relied on the votes of America’s women and ethnic minorities compared to  the staggering percentage of white men who supported Romney.

In 1850, only white men could vote. One map  reveals how, if Tuesday’s election was solely judged on the votes from white  men, Romney would have enjoyed a landslide victory.

What a difference a century makes: If only votes made by white men in this year’s election were counted, as they were in 1850, the Republicans would have enjoyed a landslide victory – only losing out on five states

Only Oregon, Washington, Maine, Massachusetts  and Vermont would be blue, with Romney securing a staggering 501 electoral votes  to Obama’s 37.

By 1870 – until 1920 – voters expanded to all  men, which would have shifted the results slightly – yet Romney would still have  secured a winning 322 electoral votes.

By 1920, women were allowed to vote, yet  there were still massive hurdles for minorities, so Buzzfeed drew a man showing  only white men and women.

A few extra states turn blue – Iowa, New  Hampshire, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, Delaware – but again, red  dominates. Romney would have won 441 electoral votes compared to Obama’s  97.

In 1971, the voting age was lowered to 18  from 24; a map for 1970 only includes the votes made in 2012 by people older  than 24.

Finally, Obama secures a win, with his 276  electoral votes just surpassing Romney’s 262.

These can be compared to the actual election  map, which shows the 332 electoral votes for Democrats and the 206 for  Republicans.

While the central states remain largely  red,  the coastal and northeastern states are blue – revealing just how  key women,  ethnic minorities and voters under 24 were in securing Obama a second  term.

Exit polls revealed that the percentage of  votes by ethnic minorities has swelled since 2008, and the majority of these  were won by Obama.

Seventy-one per cent of Hispanic voters, 73  per cent of Asian voters and a massive 93 per cent of African-American voters  supported Obama.

But while his popularity among these groups  swelled, he received just 39 per cent of white votes, down by four per cent on  the last election, a drop his campaign had anticipated.

Romney secured 59 per cent of the white vote  – the largest majority achieved by any presidential candidate in U.S. history  who then failed to win.

And as the maps suggest, 52 per cent of men  voted for Republicans, compared to just 44 per cent of women. Obama won just 36  per cent of votes made by white males.

Source: Daily Mail

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