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Topic - David A. Bositis
Sen. Rand Paul is scheduled to speak Wednesday at Howard University in a high-profile visit that will test the tea party favorite's claim that his libertarian message can travel anywhere and help bolster the GOP's image on the national stage.
Democrats are turning to black voters for help in next week's midterm elections, hoping they can be the jolt of energy needed to stem projected losses by winning key competitive congressional and gubernatorial races.
"A lot of people in the Republican Party have become somewhat unhinged, and a number of them express a lot of racist sentiment in term of how it relates to Obama, and when they do it African-Americans feel it," said David A. Bositis of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies.
Mr. Bositis said that Mr. Paul could score some points by addressing ways to reduce the number of blacks in prison for nonviolent drug offenses, but he said Mr. Paul ultimately will struggle to woo black voters thanks in part to his refusal to embrace the Civil Rights Act of 1964.