December 5, 2004

JUST KEEP DOUBLING:

Ohio Republicans make strides in reaching out to black voters (KARAMAGI RUJUMBA, 12/05/04, Toledo Blade)

After an election in which Ohio effectively re-elected President Bush, the state's black Republicans are excited about what they see as increased support for their party.

Despite claims by some political pundits that suggested blacks were disheartened by the outcome, GOP officials are particularly pleased with exit polling that indicated 16 percent of the state's African-Americans voted Republican, up from 7 percent in 2000.

A small but definite increase in black support for the GOP also was realized on the national level: 11 percent of African-Americans voted for the President this time compared to the 9 percent that voted for him in 2000.

Even in Lucas County, a longtime Democratic stronghold, GOP officials said, a silent but growing number of blacks are willing to listen to what the Republican Party has to offer.

"The black vote was very critical in getting Bush over the hump in Ohio," said Dwayne Clark, the coordinator for the Northwest Ohio African American Coalition for the Bush-Cheney campaign. He was one of approximately 40 black political strategists who gathered at Ohio Republican headquarters in Columbus last month for a strategy meeting to further whittle down the Democratic Party's stronghold on the black vote in Ohio.

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 5, 2004 3:27 PM
Comments

If only the Repub establishment in OH was wise enough to promote secty of state Blackwell instead of lightweight Portman.
They're not!!
See comments to the 11/28 "Better Bench" post for Robert Schwartz's (sp?) insightful description.

Posted by: Mike Daley at December 5, 2004 8:27 PM
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