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Black voters turned out at higher rate than white voters in 2012 and 2008

Black voters in Virginia wait for President Obama to speak at a 2012 rally. (Marvin Joseph/Washington Post)

The Associated Press is out with a study of the 2012 election concluding that the black voter turnout rate exceeded the white turnout rate for the first time. It's almost certainly true that black turnout was higher than white turnout last fall -- but that also was true in 2008.