ATLANTA (AP) --
Though black voters turned out in record numbers to elect President
Barack Obama two years ago, his absence on the ballot and midterm
ennui could be a problem for Democrats this year.
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Roy Barnes, like many in his
party, has distanced himself from Obama recently. But he has tried
to appeal to blacks in other ways, getting early endorsements from
black community heavyweights in Georgia.
In 2008, three out of four registered black voters in Georgia
cast ballots, and black turnout was a record 30 percent of overall turnout in Georgia.
Historically, Georgia's black voters have comprised between 23 and 25 percent.