by the religious right,” says Walters, who adds that the Republicans may make more of an effort to reach black voters in the general election. The country witnessed this outreach during the 2004 presidential campaign, when Republicans wooed some black voters through faith-based initiatives led by conservative black clergy. Bush doubled his black support in Ohio, a swing state that he barely won, to 16%. Overall, however, the president received only 11% of the black vote. The use of a faith-based strategy is expected again in 2008, says Walters.
Republicans Not Courting Our Vote
The beleaguered party's damage-control strategy doesn't appear to include reaching out to blacks