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Race Dominant Factor In Shaping US Elections: UCSD Professor

Cover of "Dangerously Divided: How Race and Class Shape Winning and Losing In American Politics" by Zoltan Hajnal. Feb. 4, 2020.
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Cover of "Dangerously Divided: How Race and Class Shape Winning and Losing In American Politics" by Zoltan Hajnal. Feb. 4, 2020.

After the 2016 presidential election, many political analysts pointed to class as the driving force that led to President Trump's victory.

But a new book suggests race, not class, is the dominant factor shaping who wins and loses elections in the U.S.

"Overwhelmingly, two-thirds or more of racial and ethnic minorities are on one side not just in 2016 and 2018... and then on the other side you have 60-65% of whites voting Republican. There really isn't a demographic divide that comes close to that," said Zoltan Hajnal, UC San Diego political science professor and author of the book "Dangerously Divided."

Hajnal joined Midday Edition on Tuesday to discuss his research and some of the consequences of a racially divided country.