Many of these voters seem to have been motivated by Obama’s own victories. Research by UC Irvine political scientist Michael Tesler has found that over the course of Obama’s two terms, the country polarized significantly along racial lines with Republicans in particular adopting more hostile views toward black people and civil rights. Race came to shape every issue even people’s opinions on Obama’s dog Bo.

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