Polls show Barack Obama, the first black U.S. president, trailing Republican Mitt Romney by 20 percentage points among white men.
The gap, which has largely negated Mr. Obama’s advantage among minorities, is significant enough that Democrats are looking to minimize the damage to the President and other party candidates, rather than win the “white guy” vote.
Polls give Mr. Obama strong leads among minority voters in a year when the Republican nominee has been accused of trying to beef up support among white voters by running advertisements with subtle racial appeals.
To win in November, Democrats still need a strategy for carving into Mr. Romney’s advantage among white men.
One plan: Try to appeal to older white men by emphasizing Democrats’ efforts to protect Medicare, the government’s popular health-insurance program for those aged 65 and over, against Republicans’ plans to impose changes Democrats say could dramatically reduce its benefits.