Nate Silver: African-American Vote Is This Election’s X-Factor

The pollster extraordinaire says this group could push swing states into blue.

Of those electoral votes, there are still uncertainties, even for the best pollsters. If he could choose one demographic as an “X-factor” in this election, Silver said he’d pick the African-American population.

“The winning coalition Democrats need to win Michigan and Pennsylvania, and certainly Ohio, depends on very high black turnout along with winning some union, working-class white voters,” he said.

While voter turnout for several minorities is often a tossup, many of those groups, like Hispanic populations (concentrated in California and Texas), don’t affect swing states.

The African-American vote, on the other hand, could shape the Tuesday turnout for several states.