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Analysis: Three Super Tuesday States to Watch for the Native Vote


Delaney After Buffalo, left, and Tara Benally register Shaye Holiday to vote in Monument Valley, Utah in 2018. The picture comes from Stateline story, a reporting project of PEW Charitable Trusts

The little talked about Native American vote could play an important role in who wins Democratic primaries in Minnesota, Oklahoma, and Colorado on Super Tuesday.

The 2010 Census counted over 5 million Native Americans in the U.S. Although Native Americans have the highest percentage of rural residents of any U.S. racial group, a majority - about 60 percent - live in metropolitan counties. Native American voters swing Democratic and reside in regions of the country that are not reliable Democratic strongholds, like the Great Plains and the Southwest. "American Indian and Alaska Native votes can be a tipping point in these states," said Kevin, Allis, CEO of the National Congress of American Indians.


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