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(CQ Politics) — From Barack Obama ’s election as president to a white Congressman fending off African-American challengers in a majority-black district, have Americans moved beyond race as a determining factor in their vote choice? A couple of weeks ago, Tennessee Democratic Rep. Steve Cohen , the white, Jewish incumbent, won re-nomination over former Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton, who is African American. The district has a black voting age population of 59 percent and the percentage of black voters was even higher in the Democratic primary, but Cohen still prevailed with 79 percent.

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