GOP Aims to Recruit Black Voters, Candidates

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  • Rocking the Vote
  • Self-Identification
  • A History of African Americans and the GOP
  • Considering the GOP
  • Repulsive Factors
  • A New Day
  • HBCU Recruitment
  • GOP and Blacks
  • Recruiting Black Voters and Candidates
  • A Growing Demographic

A History of African-Americans and the GOP

Shortly after slavery ended, more than a century ago, the Republican Party became the party of choice for Blacks. However, once Democratic presidents Harry Truman and Lyndon B. Johnson integrated the military and federal government, broke down segregation and bolstered Blacks’ voting rights, Black voters turned Democratic. As a result, the Democratic Party lost many Southern whites. With the racial demarcation came rhetoric that further deepened the chasm between the GOP and Black voters.

(Photo: AP Photo/David Goldman)

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