Prove Me Wrong: Black voters are out of reach for GOP

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, an all-but-announced 2016 presidential candidate, traveled to Detroit today to visit an African American voter outreach center opened by the state's Republican party and to address the Detroit Economic Club on Friday. Paul has made courting African American voters a priority over the past year, an effort that includes delivering a speech this spring at Howard University.

This isn't the first time national Republicans have tried to make up ground among black voters. Back in the mid 2000s, Ken Mehlman, then the chairman of the Republican National Committee, made African American outreach a major priority -- to little success. The best showing of any recent Republican presidential candidate among black voters was by George W. Bush in 2004 when he won 11 percent.  Four years later, John McCain took just four percent while Mitt Romney won six percent in 2012.

That data suggests that the black vote is lost to Republicans. GOP pollster Kristen Soltis Anderson set out to prove me wrong in this Post TV clip.

Republicans have opened a new African American Engagement Office in Detroit. Chris Cillizza doesn't think their push to woo black voters has a chance. We asked GOP pollster Kristen Soltis Anderson to prove him wrong. (The Washington Post)

Chris Cillizza writes “The Fix,” a politics blog for the Washington Post. He also covers the White House.

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