Autumn Sanders, 20, of Wilmington, DE, (right) and Zaria Lumsden, 19, of Bronx, NY, (left) both sophomores at Hampton University, a historically black university in Hampton, Va., head to the polls on Nov. 7, 2017, to vote in the Virginia governors race. A national survey by the Institute for Democracy & Higher Education at Tufts University found voter turnout among at the nation’s Historically Black College and Universities fell nearly 11 percent from 2012 to 2016. The decline was consistent with an overall decline in voting by all African Americans in 2016. If the pattern continues in 2018, it could dash Democrats’s hopes of retaking the House and Senate.
Autumn Sanders, 20, of Wilmington, DE, (right) and Zaria Lumsden, 19, of Bronx, NY, (left) both sophomores at Hampton University, a historically black university in Hampton, Va., head to the polls on Nov. 7, 2017, to vote in the Virginia governors race. A national survey by the Institute for Democracy & Higher Education at Tufts University found voter turnout among at the nation’s Historically Black College and Universities fell nearly 11 percent from 2012 to 2016. The decline was consistent with an overall decline in voting by all African Americans in 2016. If the pattern continues in 2018, it could dash Democrats’s hopes of retaking the House and Senate. By Tony Pugh Photo by Tony Pugh
Autumn Sanders, 20, of Wilmington, DE, (right) and Zaria Lumsden, 19, of Bronx, NY, (left) both sophomores at Hampton University, a historically black university in Hampton, Va., head to the polls on Nov. 7, 2017, to vote in the Virginia governors race. A national survey by the Institute for Democracy & Higher Education at Tufts University found voter turnout among at the nation’s Historically Black College and Universities fell nearly 11 percent from 2012 to 2016. The decline was consistent with an overall decline in voting by all African Americans in 2016. If the pattern continues in 2018, it could dash Democrats’s hopes of retaking the House and Senate. By Tony Pugh Photo by Tony Pugh

Voting at black colleges has tumbled. Can Dems fix the apathy in time for 2018?

November 27, 2017 05:00 AM

More Videos

What happens when the government shuts down? 1:38

What happens when the government shuts down?

Damage assessment shows aerials of Puerto Rico devastation after Hurricane Maria 11:02

Damage assessment shows aerials of Puerto Rico devastation after Hurricane Maria

After 112 days without power, Puerto Rico school's lights return to cheers 0:48

After 112 days without power, Puerto Rico school's lights return to cheers

Illinois senator Durbin calls Trump 'shithole' remarks 'vile, racist' 1:39

Illinois senator Durbin calls Trump 'shithole' remarks 'vile, racist'

Trump denies 'shithole' comment but Illinois senator confirms the remarks 1:58

Trump denies 'shithole' comment but Illinois senator confirms the remarks

Reporters try to quiz Trump over 'shithole' remark at MLK event 0:45

Reporters try to quiz Trump over 'shithole' remark at MLK event

After Trump's election, these women decided to run for office 1:57

After Trump's election, these women decided to run for office

Progressive activist predicts anti-Trump movement will grow 1:44

Progressive activist predicts anti-Trump movement will grow

Democrats face hurdles in quest to reclaim the House and Senate 1:54

Democrats face hurdles in quest to reclaim the House and Senate

Deputies rescue bloodhound trapped under car on California highway 3:14

Deputies rescue bloodhound trapped under car on California highway

  • What happens when the government shuts down?

    The world won't end if Washington can't find a way to pass a funding bill before this weekend. That's the truth about a government "shutdown": the government doesn't shut down.