The Election’s Big Twist: The Racial Gap Is Shrinking

Racial and ethnic divides? Actually, Biden is making gains with white voters, and Trump with nonwhite ones.

By Nate Cohn

American politicians, including presidents, have often sought to exploit the nation’s racial and ethnic divides for political gain. During the Trump era, voters are not responding as expected.

The gap in presidential vote preference between white and nonwhite voters has shrunk by a surprising 16 percentage points since 2016, according to an Upshot analysis of pre-election polls, as Joe Biden gains among white voters and President Trump makes inroads among Black and Hispanic voters.

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