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Oct 6, 2010 8:15 AM by Associated Press

Poll shows racial divide in election

An Associated Press-GfK poll suggests working-class whites are flocking to Republican candidates in this fall's elections.

Whites without four-year college degrees prefer GOP candidates by twice the margin of the last two elections, when Democrats made significant gains in the House and Senate. The poll, conducted last month, found this group favoring GOP hopefuls 58 percent to 36 percent -- a whopping 22 percentage-point gap.

Compared with better-educated whites, working-class whites tend to be older and more conservative. They traditionally lean Republican and have been disproportionately hurt by a prolonged economic funk.

The AP-GfK poll shows whites with college degrees are split evenly between the two parties' candidates.

Minorities decisively back Democrats.

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