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A new report from the U.S. Census Bureau puts numbers to the phenomenon that many analysts and pundits say could spell trouble for the GOP on the national level.

According to the study, black voters headed to the polls last November in higher percentages than in any election since at least 1996, when the bureau began compiling and comparing the statistics.  And while the number of black, Hispanic and Asian voters rose, the number of white voters fell.

Two out of every three registered black voters voted in November, the highest percentage since at least 1996 for the demographic and higher than white voters for the first time in that span.

And while the actual numbers of Hispanic and Asian voters increased, black voters showed the only increase in turnout rate from the 2008 presidential contest.  In all, the turnout rate among black voters has risen 13 percentage points since 1996.

By contrast, 64.1 percent of white, non-Hispanic voters voted in November versus 66 percent in 2008.

White voters also showed the only decline in actual turnout numbers from 2008 to 2012.  The number of black voters rose by about 1.7 million from 2008 to the 2012 election, while the number of Hispanic voters increased by 1.4 million and the number of Asian voters by 550,000. During that time, the number of white voters declined by about 2 million. 

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