Republicans wage uphill battle to win over black voters

By John Whitesides CHARLOTTE N.C. (Reuters) – After losing the 2012 presidential election, Republicans vowed to expand their appeal beyond their shrinking base of white males. Since opening an African-American engagement office in North Carolina last fall, Republicans have courted black business leaders, visited barber shops and churches and gone door-to-door in black neighborhoods to sell the Republican message. The swing state, one of 11 where the Republican National Committee has hired staff to reach black voters, hosts one of the country’s most important Senate races in November’s midterm elections.

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