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The latent racism that many had predicted would cut into Barack Obama's poll numbers on Election Day -- the so-called "Bradley effect" -- ended up largely an unfounded concern, as exit polls showed him picking up 43% of white voters, an increase of 4 percentage points over what Democratic candidates have averaged since 1968.

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Following Hillary Clinton's surprise win in New Hampshire, some mainstream media outlets speculated that the "Bradley effect," which posits that some white voters will avoid telling pollsters they voted against an African-American candidate, could explain Barack Obama's election results in that state. Here, the Real News takes a closer look at that race-based rationale.

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