Will Obama sweep the black vote?

Trey Ellis thinks so.

I suspect Trey Ellis knows what he’s talking about. If so, those national polls showing HRC comfortably ahead need to be adjusted.

Update Apparently there’s some historical support for Ellis’s analysis:

Even though polls show that blacks still have doubts about Obama, he weathered similar skepticism in the 2004 Illinois Senate primary before winning nearly all of their votes. “He soared with elites initially,” says Mark Blumenthal, who polled for Obama’s chief rival. “But it took until the last week of the campaign for blacks to decide.” If they break his way again, says Blumenthal, Obama could ride a new black-upscale majority to the nomination.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com