Low voter turnout among African-Americans is particularly bruising to Clinton in key swing states like Florida, North Carolina, and Ohio. "Yes, I have (voted)", said Mary Myers, one of hundreds waiting in line at The Ritz for the Ne-Yo concert. The president rallied voters in OH on Tuesday and will make two campaign stops each in North Carolina and Florida before Election Day in an all-out blitz by Clinton's campaign to run up a flagging black vote compared with four years ago. That number was about 24.6 percent four years ago.
While Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have been waging the ugliest, most media-saturated campaign of my lifetime (to the backdrop of sexual assault allegations and FBI investigations), Obama has managed to look presidential in comparison.
Pundits point to an enthusiasm gap compared to four years ago when the nation's first black president was seeking re-election. The black vote helped make her husband president. To do that, her campaign will have to do the hard work to make personal contact with these voters.
"When this was investigated thoroughly the last time, the conclusion of the FBI the conclusion of the Justice Department, the conclusion of repeated congressional investigations was that she had made some mistakes but that there wasn't anything there that was prosecutable", Obama said.
Thirty percent of registered voters in Maryland were African American as of 2015, and 61 percent were white.
According to Millan Robinson, another African-American volunteer, he is supporting Clinton because "she believes in equality of races and sexes as well as has plans outlined to govern the U.S". Analysts say Democratic challenger Patrick Murphy's best chance to upset GOP Sen.
Polls have Florida whisker-close (as always) so turnout among any demographic group could sway the election one way or another. Trump has been devoting his time to Florida. He's scheduled to keynote a rally for Clinton Sunday in Orlando.
Marc Farinella, who ran Obama's North Carolina campaign in 2008, said it was obvious the level of energy had fallen among African-Americans.
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At a rally Thursday in Jacksonville, Obama exhorted the audience to spread the word. I know because during the primaries since early in 2016 and just recently in central Pennsylvania, I have been on the telephone in the local headquarters telephone bank re-calling Clinton voters to be sure they are going to vote and that they remain committed to Clinton. "I like her. I was gonna vote for her anyway, regardless (of who she faced)". These aren't stats on a chart, these are real people - my family, friends, and neighbors - and they need someone in the White House focused on them.
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U.S. President Barack Obama defended Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Wednesday and criticized the Federal Bureau of Investigation announcement of new emails linked to her private server, saying there was no room for innuendo in the investigative process.
"It is no surprise that Secretary Clinton and First Lady Obama come to Winston-Salem on its first day of expanded early voting as 16 new polling sites open in Forsyth County", Eric Ellison, chairman of the Forsyth County Democratic Party says. That's up from 53 percent in September. Trump's take will be "minuscule", around 4 or 5 percent, tops, she predicts.
Hispanics "may save Clinton's bacon", said Larry Sabato, a political science professor at the University of Virginia.
More Latino voters, however, are among the more than 24.4 million American voters who have already cast their ballots - including 12.4 million in battleground states - according to a CNN analysis of the latest early voting numbers.
Ellmers, a supporter of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, said poverty in the black community is worse in 2016 than when Obama took office.