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Trump shocks black voters - by trying to get their votes

Posted On: Dec 13, 2019   |   Posted By: Politico

Trump shocks black voters - by trying to get their votes

The Westside Gazette bills itself as “Broward County's oldest and largest African American owned-and-operated newspaper.” For five decades, the Fort-Lauderdale, Fla. weekly has catered to a staunchly Democratic readership. So when readers opened an edition last month to find a full-page ad from President Donald Trump's reelection campaign, many couldn't believe it. Why would he even bother? “I thought it was quite abnormal,” said Bobby Henry, the newspaper's publisher and chief executive offer. He said a reader sought him out at church last weekend to ask what was up. “For to reach out to the broader African American community is what surprised me.” Yet that's precisely what Trump is doing. The president's reelection campaign has spent $1 million in an effort to make inroads with black voters, and more is coming, according to a person with direct knowledge of the planning. The initiative, dubbed “Black Voices” by the campaign, so far has included ads in black-run newspapers and on radio stations,...

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