What Buffalo Black Voters Say About the Election

November 9, 2012 Updated Nov 9, 2012 at 12:45 AM EDT

By Kendra Eaglin

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November 9, 2012 Updated Nov 9, 2012 at 12:45 AM EDT

Buffalo, NY
(WKBW)

The excitement after President Obama's re-election can be felt throughout the black community in the Queen City and the nation.

Exit polls show 93 percent of African Americans voted for Obama compared to 95 percent in the 2008 election. Ether way, overwhelming majorities.

But African Americans we spoke to insist the reasons behind their votes are more than just skin deep.

"A lot of people say that oh, a lot of people voted for Obama because he's black," we told Barry Davis.

"No, no. I don't think that that was the issue. I think that he was the most qualified candidate for the job at hand," replied Davis.

"I think it's actually despicable the way the race has become a black and white situation," said Steven Daniels who voted for President Obama.

"I feel as though if you voted for Obama or anybody else based on just race tone then you don't need to be voting," said Bryant Taylor who also voted for President Obama.

The October jobs report shows the unemployment rate for African Americans is 14.3 percent, that's 6.4 percent higher than the national jobless rate.

So, is the black community any better off than they were four years ago?

"It's always more work to be done.," said Tracy Mingo, who voted for President Obama.

And African Americans are holding the president accountable.

"It's not a black and white thing. I would like to see him do more for the country and where there is significant problems in the urban communities I would like to see him address them a lot more," said Taylor.

Many African Americans we spoke to support the Affordable Healthcare Act, Obama's approach to immigration reform, his stimulus plan, and applaud Obama's capture of Osama bin Laden.

And they are proud.

"It's refreshing to see a black man in office doing the right thing handling his business to the point that even somebody that's not of my color would put they faith in a black man, our president," said Mingo.