GOP struggles to recruit black voters, candidates

Associated Press
In this photo taken May 18, 2014, Leo Smith, left, minority engagement director for the Georgia Republican Party, talks with members of the community at the Delightful Eatz Bar and Grill in the historically African American neighborhood of Edgewood in Atlanta. Smith is on the GOP's front lines recruiting African-American voters in pivotal states. It’s priority for a heavily-white party staring with uncertainty at a country that is fast becoming brown. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

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Getting African-Americans and other minority voters on board is a priority for the GOP in part because birth rates among whites are shrinking in the U.S.; racial and ethnic minorities are expected to make up a majority of Americans within about 30 years. The number of African-American voters has increased steadily: 12.9 million in 2000, 14 million in 2004, 16 million in 2008 and 17.8 million in 2012. (AP)

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