Democratic National Committee (DNC) chairman Tom Perez called black women the “backbone of the Democratic Party” on Wednesday, after black voters drove victories in Alabama and Virginia.
“Let me be clear: We won in Alabama and Virginia because
#BlackWomen led us to victory,” he tweeted Wednesday morning.
“Black women are the backbone of the Democratic Party, and we can’t take that for granted. Period.”
Let me be clear: We won in Alabama and Virginia because #BlackWomen led us to victory. Black women are the backbone of the Democratic Party, and we can’t take that for granted. Period.
— Tom Perez (@TomPerez) December 13, 2017
His comments come after Democrat Doug Jones defeated Republican Roy Moore on Tuesday in the Alabama special Senate election, becoming the first Democrat in Alabama elected to U.S. Senate in 25 years.
The Hill added:
Exit polls in Tuesday’s election showed that an overwhelming number of African-American women and men supported Jones.
The Washington Post’s exit poll showed 98 percent of black women supported Jones. Black women made up 17 percent of overall voters.
The exit poll also found 93 percent of black men voted for Jones.
African-American turnout was slightly higher than in 2012 when Barack Obama was reelected to the presidency.