A look at the changing makeup of US electorate

Associated Press
FILE - This Nov. 6, 2012 file photo shows voters lined up in the dark to beat the 7:00 p.m. deadline to cast their ballots at a polling station in Miami.  It's not just the economy. It's the demographics _ the changing face of America. The 2012 elections drove home trends that have been embedded in the fine print of birth and death rates, immigration statistics and census charts for years.  America is rapidly getting more diverse. And, more gradually, so is its electorate.  Non-whites made up 28 percent of the electorate this year, up from 21 percent in 2000, and much of that growth is coming from Hispanics. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)
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A look at how much various demographic groups' share of the vote has changed since 2000, the year Republican George W. Bush defeated Democrat Al Gore, who narrowly carried the popular vote but lost the Electoral College:

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HISPANICS

17 percent of U.S. population

Share of 2000 vote: 7 percent

How they voted for president:

Gore: 62 percent

Bush: 35 percent

Share of 2012 vote: 10 percent (up 3 percentage points)

How they voted for president:

Obama: 71 percent

Romney: 27 percent

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BLACKS

12 percent of U.S. population

Share of 2000 vote: 10 percent

How they voted for president:

Gore: 90 percent

Bush: 9 percent

Share of 2012 vote: 13 percent (up 3 percentage points)

How they voted for president:

Obama: 93 percent

Romney: 6 percent

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WHITES

63 percent of U.S. population

Share of 2000 vote: 81 percent

How they voted for president:

Bush: 54 percent

Gore: 42 percent

Share of 2012 vote: 72 percent (down 9 percentage points)

How they voted for president:

Romney: 59 percent

Obama: 39 percent

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SINGLE WOMEN

26 percent of U.S. population age 15 and older

Share of 2000 vote: 19 percent

How they voted for president:

Gore: 63 percent

Bush: 33 percent

Share of 2012 vote: 23 percent (up 4 percentage points)

How they voted for president:

Obama: 67 percent

Romney: 31 percent

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MARRIED WOMEN

25 percent of U.S. population age 15 and over

Share of 2000 vote: 33 percent

How they voted for president:

Bush: 49 percent

Gore: 48 percent

Share of 2012 vote: 31 percent (down 2 percentage points)

How they voted for president:

Romney: 53 percent

Obama: 46 percent

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WHITE MEN

31 percent of U.S. population

Share of 2000 vote: 38 percent

How they voted for president:

Bush: 60 percent

Gore: 36 percent

Share of 2012 vote: 34 percent (down 4 percentage points)

How they voted for president:

Romney: 62 percent

Obama: 35 percent

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WHITES WITHOUT FOUR-YEAR COLLEGE DEGREES

46 percent of U.S. population age 25 and older

Share of 2000 vote: 46 percent

How they voted for president:

Bush: 57 percent

Gore: 40 percent

Share of 2012 vote: 36 percent (down 10 percentage points)

How they voted for president:

Romney: 62 percent

Obama: 36 percent

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Sources: U.S. Census Bureau 2011 statistics. Exit polls conducted for The Associated Press.

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Online:

Exit polls: http://surveys.ap.org/exitpolls

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