Republicans Launch New Effort To Court Black Voters

One thing is certain this election year: President Barack Obama will win African American voters by a colossal margin. Obama had a stunning 94-3 lead over Mitt Romney among blacks in a Quinnipiac University poll released last week. But Republicans are trying to loosen the grip.

The Republican National Committee is planning to launch a “black Americans” outreach program as part of their “strategic partnerships” initiative aimed at courting groups that have traditionally leaned Democratic.

Web platforms targeting women and Hispanics have already launched.

The party is set to introduce a new web site, which will go live in the next two weeks, featuring testimonials from some of the party’s most prominent black elected officials, including Florida Rep. Allen West, South Carolina Rep. Tim Scott and Florida Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll.

“We highlight our elected officials so people understand that we do have Republicans that are elected that are black,” said RNC co-chair Sharon Day, the committee’s coalitions director. “I don’t care if they are a mosquito sprayer or a dog catcher in Arizona, or Jennifer Carroll or Allen West. We have black conservative leaders who stand for their principles.”

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Pictured: Rep. Allen West , R-FL, speaks during an address to the 39th Conservative Political Action Committee February 10, 2012 in Washington, DC. AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)