While President Obama’s approval rating among African-Americans remains high, Democrats have voiced concerns that his popularity may not translate into votes come November’s midterm elections.

The party has an added worry in that, historically, midterm elections generate smaller voter turnout than in presidential election years. The level of African-American votes Obama won in 2008, which was abnormally high, may be all but impossible to recreate during this less popular election season.

Writer Keli Goff discussed the issue with Contessa Brewer on MSNBC.

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Goff explains that just because a voter expresses loyalty to President Obama does not mean that they will, by default, maintain a blue ballot vote in midterm elections.

She goes on to explain that “the Civil Rights Movement was about getting African-American people to be involved in our democratic process; it was not supposed to be so that African-Americans would become involved strictly on behalf of democrats.”