Election Day Unity Trumps Previous Dissention - Black Enterprise
Black Enterprise Magazine September/October 2018 Issue


When it came down to the wire, Democratic unity won and Republican unity fell apart. For a time after the primaries, when supporters of Sen. Hillary Clinton vowed they would not support Sen. Barack Obama, it seemed as though the Democratic Party was going to split into two factions.
That didn’t happen because Clinton made certain to show her supporters during the Democratic National Convention that she stood behind her former opponent. And eventually, her husband, former President Bill Clinton did his part to assure the electorate that democrats must fall in line and elect Obama as president.
In most states and counties, Clinton supporters heard them loud and clear and voted accordingly.

Democrats who supported Hillary Clinton in the New Mexico Democratic primary voted 88% for Obama and 11% for McCain, reported Fox News. Those Democratic Clinton supporters made up 13% of voters.
However, in other states, Hillary supporters fell short of the call. About 100,000 people who voted in the spring Democratic primary in Houston’s Harris County failed to vote in the county’s general election, according to Rice University political scientist Bob Stein told the Houston Chronicle. The Chronicle attributes the fallback to Hispanic Hillary supporters who had not been courted by either Sen. John McCain or Obama leading up to the general election.
When the Clintons cast their ballots on Tuesday, they emphasized the need for Democrats to work across party lines. It seems that unity within and across party lines will be the political theme for Obama’s presidency.

“I look forward to doing all that I can to support President Obama and Vice President Biden in the difficult work that lies ahead,” said Clinton in a statement after Obama was announced the victor on Election Night.
Obama has yet to help Hillary Clinton retire her campaign debt, but he has already begun tapping Bill Clinton’s war chest as a source for building his transition team. Obama chose Rep. Rahm Emmanuel, a former senior adviser to President Clinton from 1993 to 1998 and John Podesta, President Clinton’s chief of staff from 1998 to 2001.

As for Hillary, aside from the position she already holds, there doesn’t seem to be a position that Obama could offer that would suit her presidential aspirations.

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Marcia Wade Talbert

Marcia is a multimedia content producer focusing on technology at Black Enterprise Magazine. In this capacity she writes and assigns stories to educate readers about social media; digital integration; gadgets, apps, and software for business and professional development; minority tech startups; and careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). In 2012, she received two Salute to Excellence Awards from the National Association of Black Journalists and was recognized by Blacks in Technology (BiT) as one of the Top 10 Black achievers in the tech arena for 2011 at SXSW in Austin, Texas. She has spoken about technology on panels for New York Social Media Week, at The 2012 Rainbow/PUSH Wall Street Summit, as well as at Black Enterprise’s Entrepreneurs Conference and Women of Power Summit. In 2011, SocialWayne.com chose her as one of 28 People of Color Impacting the Social Web, and through crowdsourcing she was listed as one of BlackWeb2.0's/HP's 50 Most Notable African American Tastemakers in Social Media and Technology for 2010. Since taking on the role of Tech editor in September 2010, she has conceived and produced five cover stories on Technology and/or STEM and countless articles, videos, and slideshows online. Before joining BlackEnterprise.com as an interactive general assignment reporter in 2008, she freelanced with Black Enterprise beginning in 2003 while working as the technical editor at Prepared Foods magazine. There she further honed her writing skills and became an authority on food ingredients, including ingredients used in food fortification and enrichment. Meanwhile, her freelancing with Black Enterprise and BlackEnterprise.com helped her stay current on issues pertaining to the financial and business welfare of African Americans. As a general reporter for Black Enterprise she attended and reported on the Democratic and Republican National Conventions, where she interviewed Valerie Jarrett, senior advisor and assistant to President Barack Obama and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. Marcia has a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture with an emphasis in food science from the University of Minnesota, and a Master of Science degree in journalism from Roosevelt University in Chicago. En route to her secondary degree, she served as the editor-in-chief of the Roosevelt University Torch, a weekly, student-run newspaper. An avid photographer and videographer, Marcia is one of several employees at BLACK ENTERPRISE who interned for the publishing company as a college student. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, a food scientist; her seventeen-month-old daughter; and “The Cat”, but still considers Chicago home.

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