South Carolina Republicans Gaining Among Blacks

South Carolina’s Republican Party Chairman is vowing to gain black votes in the 2008 presidential race.

Katon Dawson’s comments came after New York Democratic U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton’s campaign launched a radio ad talking about “invisible” voters in South Carolina. Most pundits say the black vote is the key to the Democratic nomination in South Carolina, but Dawson said Republicans will fight for that vote.

“South Carolina Republicans will not concede any votes in the African-American community to Hillary Clinton or any liberal Democrat candidate,” he said.

African-American voters have long been the backbone of the state’s Democratic Party, but recent poll numbers show that may be changing.

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