GOP Struggles to Recruit Black Voters, Candidates

Kimberly Hefling and Jennifer Agiesta, Washington Post, June 9, 2014

Like an eager date, Leo Smith showed up at Mount Zion First Baptist Church with a bouquet of flowers in hand.

He wasn’t seeking romance. He was seeking voters.

As the minority engagement director for the Georgia Republican Party, Smith is helping to lead an effort to recruit African-American voters in pivotal states, a priority for a heavily white party staring with uncertainty at a country that is fast becoming more black, Hispanic and Asian.

Smith and other black Republicans who are recruiting voters say there are plenty of black conservatives out there. They just don’t want to be identified publicly as conservative or Republican.

“We’re missing some people because they’re whispering, and to have people speak out loud is what we intend to do,” Smith said.

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.


Few of those votes went to Republican candidates; most African-American voters do not identify themselves as Republican. Exit polls conducted for The Associated Press and the networks showed that only about 6 percent identified themselves as GOP voters in 2004, and 4 percent did so in 2008 and 2012.

Once the party of choice for blacks after slavery ended more than a century ago, the GOP says it now wants those votes back. It is spending $60 million to court black voters, and a new initiative aims to recruit 300 women and 200 minorities to run for state and local office.

The party is starting up College Republican chapters at historically black schools such as Morehouse College in Atlanta and Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio. And on Friday, Koch Industries Inc. and the Charles Koch Foundation–run by the billionaire Koch brothers, patrons of libertarian and conservative causes–announced a $25 million grant to the United Negro College Fund, which offers financial aid to students at black colleges and universities.


Smith, a former NAACP leader in Virginia, met up with several potential voters at Delightful Eatz, a downtown Atlanta restaurant near the Martin Luther King National Historical Site. They discussed the GOP’s pro-business message, and Smith encouraged one job-seeker who designs online courses to open her own consulting business rather than looking for employment at a company.


Black Republicans cringe when they hear vitriol from conservatives directed at President Barack Obama, or negative comments about black people coming from extremists. The challenge is to assure blacks who may lean conservative that they can publicly identify with the GOP without hurting their standing in the black community.

“Until they can rid themselves of the factions such as the tea party, it’s going to be extremely difficult to combat that kind of rhetoric to the extent that they will be able to attract African Americans to the party,” said D’Andra Orey, a political science professor at Jackson State University in Jackson, Mississippi.


Back at Mount Zion, Smith stood and waved to the largely female crowd as the pastor, Rev. John C. Hearst, acknowledged the bouquet that Smith brought. Smith had hoped that some of Georgia’s GOP candidates would join him at the church to meet voters.

None showed up.


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  • Mary

    Wasteful, foolish outreach that makes the GOP appear even more delusional and desperate. With the certainty that night follows day, it just simply will not work. God forbid the GOP work to woo back the angry, disillusioned White voters it has alienated by actually keeping a few promises and stopping the absurd pandering.

    • D.B. Cooper

      $60,000,000 and how much of it was donated by YOU? The GOP keeps this old trick up because they know nearly all of you are stupid enough to keep voting for them anyway. It doesn’t matter to the republican candidate if he loses. He got his cool million simply by running for office, and taking the dive like the bigwigs told him to. Aint that right, John, ol’ buddy?

      • Erasmus

        How many of “God’s children” now streaming across our southern border will Juan “amnesty” McCain take to live in any one of his eight houses?

        C’mon, Juan. Put your wife’s money where your slimy, lying mouth is, or do you give a rip only about the welfare of invading foreigners and then only when it’s the taxpayers dime paying for the benefits?

        • Bon, From the Land of Babble


          Juan McAmnesty is a bought and paid for shill, as are “Peatey” Ryan, Bonehead and Overdog Cantor.

          All are complicit traitors in the destruction of White America and handing over of White American homelands to foreign invaders.

          Cantor is gone, which gives me hope that there IS some sanity left in the U.S. voting population.

          There had better be before it is too late; it’s one minute to midnight and this latest Children’s Crusade has pushed the doomsday clock forward another 30 seconds.

    • 1stworlder

      Unless they are willing to give away more free stuff than the leftists there is no chance. Oh wait the ads where on buckets of KFC

    • Bon, From the Land of Babble

      The GOP fight a massive media beast that every day label them as “racists” and “terrorists” on the front pages of America’s major newspapers and from the newsrooms of ALL major TV news stations — while giving Obama and other dems (dims) pass after pass after pass.

      If it weren’t for media bias, Obama would still be sitting in the senate and not in the highest office of the United States. The media aided and abetted the election of Obama by refusing, as Sarah Palin complained bitterly, to vet him properly, if at all, allowing him to cover up his school records and praising him as a “great orator” as he read pre-written, canned speeches from a teleprompter while relentlessly hammering his opponent, Romney.

      The cover-up of his administration by the media continues: Benghazi, Fast & Furious, IRS scandal, VA scandal, Obamacare and, importantly Obama’s economic record. Obama and his lefty minions report that their admin is “scandal free” while the media look the other way.

      Dr. Tim Groseclose, a professor of political science and economics at UCLA, spent years compiling precise, quantitative measures of the slant of media outlets.

      He concluded that this bias gives the Democrat candidate 8 to 10 percentage points.

      This is what the GOP must overcome if they’re to make any headway with White Americans. A tough row indeed to hoe.

    • They see it as “Who else are those idiots going to vote for?” Their problem is that we can get drunk and stay home every election day, so someone must eventually appeal to us.

  • Alexandra1973

    Why are they wasting their time? I certainly wouldn’t vote for a black candidate.

    • John R

      Not any more. We were already fooled, by the “moderate” “post racial” Obama.

  • “Until they can rid themselves of the factions such as the tea party, it’s going to be extremely difficult to combat that kind of rhetoric to the extent that they will be able to attract African Americans to the party,” said D’Andra Orey, a political science professor at Jackson State University in Jackson, Mississippi.

    I guess all this pandering to blacks the tea party movement did in its early days didn’t work.

    And neither will this black recruiting putsch by the Stupid Party, no matter what it does vis-a-vis the tea party movement or otherwise. Unless it starts promising to give away more welfare goodies and gibsmedat goodies and affirmative action goodies than the Democrats, in which case most white voters will stay home.

    Then again, considering Paul Gottfried’s “right wing Leninism” strategy, maybe this is what the Stupid Party should do. Maybe if white people become totally partyless, they might start looking at each other and light bulbs just may go off in our heads.

    • D.B. Cooper

      You have to clean house. It’s hard to fight two fronts. Eliminate the enemies in your own back yard first.

      • AndrewInterrupted

        And look who just lost his head in the primary!!

        • bilderbuster


        • WR_the_realist

          David Brat, who defeated Eric Cantor in the primary, gets a perfect score from Numbers USA, based on his responses to a survey. Of course only time will tell if he really votes the right way on immigration. And he still has to win the general election.

          Eric Cantor now is free to spend the remainder of his term pushing for illegal alien amnesty. Now that the primaries are over the Republicans will push hard for “immigration reform”, figuring that we’ll all forget what they did in November.

          • AndrewInterrupted

            Graham and Boehner slipped the primary noose, but we got a big fish here, no doubt.

            NumbersUSA gives my reps: Kuster, Shaheen, and Ayotte D- & F’s. I call Ayotte a Femi-RINO. The key is helping Scott Brown unseat Jeanne Shaheen (D) the Amnesty Queen in New Hampshire in the fall. The key is taking back the Senate, then start impeachment.

          • WR_the_realist

            I think Scott Brown is better than NH’s current two senators on immigration, but that’s not a high bar to meet. Scott Brown is against a blanket amnesty, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he agrees to increase the number of H-1b workers.

            We appear to live in the same voting district.

          • ElComadreja

            I wouldn’t trust Scott Brown as far as I could throw him. He stabbed everyone that voted for him in Ma. in the back and he’ll do the same in NH.

          • AndrewInterrupted

            Since I’ve lived in New England all my life, what exactly does the back-stabbing pertain to? His position on the banks?

          • ElComadreja

            Well I’ve lived here all my life too for whatever that’s worth. Scott Brown might say he’s against a blanket amnesty but I wouldn’t trust him to keep his word on anything. He sucked up to Obama and the Dems constantly in D.C. He’s a Rino of the worst kind just like Ayotte. Since you seem to be a fan, vote for him and find out. He spent his entire campaign against Fauxcahontas down here claiming he wasn’t really a Republican and he lost because of it. NH might not be blue (maybe. Obama did carry the state.) but it sure as hell is purple and getting bluer by the day.

          • AndrewInterrupted

            Brown may be hiding his pro-amnesty intentions, but Shaheen isn’t. Any other choices?

            Scott beat Martha Coakley in the bluest state in the union. That political upset was on the magnitude of this one (Cantor).

            Warren would have been a disaster had the corrupt, liberal electorate not been obsessed with electing a woman. Brown was the victim of sexism.

            Not to mention the diversity scam Warren pulled for decades. She quickly switched victim cards from war-on-natives to war-on-women after she was busted (and paid no price). Shameless pirates. Mass-achusetts is the most corrupt state in the union.

            The Libs are also obsessed with electing a woman in 2016.

          • ElComadreja

            What you say is true. He SEEMS to be better than your other choices but I wouldn’t bet the farm on him. Don’t be fooled by the pickup truck driving regular guy image he projects. He’s a millionaire and a politician and longs to return to the D.C. lifestyle above all else.

          • AndrewInterrupted

            Agreed. He should be kept on a short leash. I brow-beat Ayotte regularly for the same reason. I’m almost on a first name basis with her aides. But, I still don’t trust her. At least Shaheen stabs us in the front.

          • WR_the_realist

            Scot Brown sucks on gun rights. As we would expect from a politician from Massachusetts.

          • AndrewInterrupted

            I did not know that. I will have to research that. He is a retired Army (NG) Colonel, I believe?

          • AndrewInterrupted

            Most assuredly we will have to hold our collective noses when voting for Scott Brown. He did state in an interview less than a year ago that he would NOT have voted for the Gang Of Eight bill.

            Bear in mind, NH is the last state in New England that isn’t blue. Only a moderate Republican has a chance. Let’s just hope he’s not a RINO like Ayotte.

            Help me out over at MMUR (9) once in awhile. Lots of silly Kool-Aid drinkers over there.

        • Erasmus

          Right now republican poo-bahs all around the country are soiling themselves. They know their only way forward is with the despised white middle-American male but to acknowledge that will insure they’re no longer invited to the A-list parties in Georgetown and Manhattan.

          Cantor’s defeat said “Up yours!” to the Bush/Rove/McCain/Graham wing of the GOP that no one can pretend they don’t hear.

  • One more thing:

    I wouldn’t want to be part of a political party that got any appreciable significant percentage of the black vote. For one, I want to be around as few black people as I can, for another, I know what it takes to get black people to vote for you, and most of that is anathema to my interests as an individual and my collective interests as a white person.

    • Bill E. BOBB

      what is good for blaks cannot also be good for whites and visa-versa. for example, gun control. good for blaks, bad for whites. welfare. good for blaks, bad for whites. death penalty. good for whites, bad for blaks. afro-action. good for blaks, bad for whites. etc. This dichotomy is a law of nature and when has repealing a law of nature ever worked?

  • D.B. Cooper

    I said on one of the other sites, “You have barely half of the white vote, increasing an extra 17% of the white vote is better than 100% of the black vote”.
    The usual tear jerking insults quickly followed with thumbs down in the double digits.

    • Usually Much Calmer

      Keep repeating it, please.

    • ElComadreja

      The truth hurts.

  • Dave4088

    This aggressive recruitment of blacks will just alienate whites and deter some from voting at all (like me). If the Republicans spent half as much effort winning the hearts and minds of whites they would probably have the presidency and both chambers of Congress.

    • JSS

      Everything you say is factually correct, I just wonder if it’s insanity or the republicans simply aren’t in the race to win but are going through the motions as professional politicians looking to get paid and hang on to some crumbs of power while the ship sinks. Basically I don’t think a real leader that would represent our interest would ever get past the Adelsons, AIPACs etc. I also don’t think any White person of principle would even have the mentality required to survive and excel that far in Amurrikan politics because the system is designed to filter out any Whites who have a principled bone in their bodies. Amurrikan politics is just another putrid scripted reality show.

      • Dave4088

        I agree. Our system only permits the political ascendance of amoral and race traitorous whites. The establishment’s almost violent reaction to Pat Buchanan’s presidential run and early electoral successes and popularity in 1996 proves that point. Even though Buchanan betrayed us in the end he was the victim of an unrelenting “soft assassination” campaign by the media and Republican establishment including by such “conservative” luminaries as Rush Limbaugh.

  • JackKrak

    Isn’t “Democrats Struggle To Recruit White Voters, Candidates” at LEAST as accurate?

    • Xerxes22

      No, because Democrats are not trying to recruit White voters. Instead, they are trying to drive as many Whites as possible out of the Democratic party.

      • ElComadreja

        They are trying to drive the white race into oblivion.

  • Lewis33

    Who else here has heard that ridiculous “Run Ben run” ad on the radio saying that Ben Carson is the ONLY one who can fix the Obammycare mess and other pointless drivel? I don’t think anybody knows where he stands on taxes, gun rights, or immigration, but who cares, we need our own “black president”. What a joke that party has become.

    • Katherine McChesney

      I received a mailer asking for a contribution and for me to sign a pre-printed “letter” to Carson requesting that he run for office.

      I wrote back on the ‘letter’ that I don’t believe he’s a true conservative and sent it back without a postage stamp or return address. As far as I was concerned THEY could pay for the postage.

      • IstvanIN

        Those “paging Dr Ben Carson” ads on the radio are getting on my nerves.

    • Bill E. BOBB

      why is it when a blak does something remarkable (for a blak) but that is otherwise ordinary for a white, whites see them as a second coming of christ? i mean if I had a talking dog, would it be so remarkable that he could get elected president? that is about the same degree of irrationality as what we are seeing today. (i was so tempted to use monkey instead of dog, but that reference is to common these days)

  • Pro_Whitey

    It would be interesting to follow the money and see into whose pockets it went. I am guessing mostly to a bunch of inside the Beltway consultants who have less contact with blacks than I do. Just like how Mitt Romney paid Ed Gillespie millions for bum advice to “moderate” his immigration enforcement position when his position was already the moderate one.

  • Fools. No bang for the buck. Count me out, you Republitards. Live with your memories of Reagan as you commit sucide. Die, please. As soon as possible.

  • JSS

    That’s good old Amurrika where you get to vote for either the poop sandwich or the doosh. Making our forefathers proud. If I wanted to vote for blacks Id move to Haiti or Detroit.

  • IstvanIN

    You can’t get a black to vote for a black Republican, why bother to waste the effort? You’d have more luck getting a pig to moo.

  • Only in a treasonous and insane political party such as the GOP would there actually be an effort to spend $60 million to court and recruit blacks for their party!? The Republicans have proven once again to be stuck on stupid, and they are absolutely incapable of learning from history and human experience.

    Again, I ask, why would any self-respecting, race-loving white man align with the GOP when it has declared before all that it wants to grant amnesty to millions of illegal aliens who will not only radically alter our culture, but who will compete against whites for the few remaining jobs? Why would any white man or woman want to support the GOP when it’s destined to frivolously waste $60 million to recruit people who have made it abundantly clear that they hate us?

    The GOP’s leadership is utterly delusional!

    • Einsatzgrenadier

      The GOP isn’t stupid or incapable of learning from the past. They’re not even delusional. What they are is pure evil. Like the Democrats, their goal is to destroy the white race and western civilization. Unlike the Democrats, the GOP and their cronies want to make a tidy profit for themselves while doing so. This isn’t a horrible mistake or any kind of accident. It’s deliberate. They’re treasonous. They’re insane too, but only in the sense that they’re cold-blooded psychopaths who take personal delight in tearing down western civilization.

      • ShermanTMcCoy

        I dunno, EInsatz. Suicide seems to be the action of a crazy person at best, and stupid at the least.

        • Einsatzgrenadier

          I wouldn’t call it suicide, since the average white person never asked for this. It’s genocide and the cosmopolitan elites are the ones doing this to us. Given their cold, calculated and rational decision to destroy the white race, I would say that this is more the action of a group of high IQ psychopaths, rather than low IQ psychotics.

      • No, the greater majority of the GOP are not “cold-blooded psychopaths” as you say. Rather, they’re naive and directionless men who have been influenced (like most whites) by the multicultural Kool-Aid that most of us have consumed at one time or another.

        I doubt that most of them have a definite purpose in their minds to “tear down western civilization.” They are seeking to maintain their status, their positions of power and influence, and they naively assume that pursuing a goal of black and Hispanic recruitment is the way to go.

        These men are not race conscious, so they fall prey to current trends of political outreach. Many of them are also deeply ignorant of blacks and Hispanics because they don’t interact with them on a daily basis as most of us do.

        Yes, in some sense, their efforts are sinister. But to assert that they are purposely attempting to destroy western civilization is a complete over-reach in your argumentation. You’re giving them far too much credit.

      • Peter Connor

        But as Cantor shows, before they replace us, we can replace them.

    • Katherine McChesney

      Ever seen the website for the Black Republican Party? It looks like it’s frozen in time. A number of articles but never updated.

  • Rhialto

    Let me play the Repub advocate (analogically related to the Devil’s advocate in Canonization).

    The Repubs are fully aware of the lack of support they can extract from the Black population, but they are also fully aware of the anti-Racist conditioning to which the American voters have been subjected. Perhaps the Repubs are only trying to convince potential supporters that the Repubs are not Racist, and it is not immoral to vote Repub. The Repubs may have made reality based calculations that indicate that the votes gained are worth the votes lost. Also, that the lost votes will not in significant numbers go to the Dems.

    • WR_the_realist

      The Democrats don’t even try to hide their delight at the declining percentage of the population that is white, knowing that this locks in a Democrat majority. This is not considered to be racist.

  • JohnEngelman

    Republicans are delusional if they think they can win black votes by reminding them of Abraham Lincoln, the fact that in the South the Democratic Party used to be the party for white supremacy, and complaining about “the Democrat plantation.”

    • AndrewInterrupted

      F**k black votes.

      They just dumped Cantor in the primary. November is gonna rock!

      • WR_the_realist

        The good news is that Cantor lost the primary to a much better candidate.

        The bad news is that Lindsey Graham won his primary.

        • Zimriel

          I consider this more that Graham’s opponents lost the primary. A united front, what’s that?

          • WR_the_realist

            There would have been a run off primary had nobody got at least 50% of the vote. But Lindsey Graham got over 50%, and the other three got less than 50% combined. A pathetic showing against one of the worst Republicans.

      • Zimriel

        Black votes might have helped in the dumping.

        There is chatter that Dems might have crossed over … but there’s no angle in that, on part of the DNC. The only way to square this is that anti-amnesty Democrats might have made the call to cross over for themselves. “Anti-amnesty Democrats” – in Virginia – can’t mean anything other than blacks.

        • AndrewInterrupted

          That is possible. They will suffer the most from amnesty, no doubt. Maybe they finally figured that out.But, many blacks are on the dole and therefore don’t sense any change coming.

          I was just responding to this carrot & stick, pandering mentality. Lead, don’t react. There are still enough European-Americans in this country to take it back. Don’t let the Libs control the narrative.

      • I voted for Tom Tancredo in the GOP primary for Colorado governor. The guy has the right idea where it comes to invading foreign criminals.

    • AndrewInterrupted

    • WR_the_realist

      Republicans will always get a few votes from independent thinking middle class blacks who believe in free markets and in making it on their own. But that is unlikely to ever be much more than the current 10% or so of the black population that already votes Republican.

  • Alexandra1973

    You’re a realist and that’s good.

    Democrats at least acknowledge their anti-American stance. Republicans are sneaky.

  • AndrewInterrupted

    Later, traitor! Anybody got some tar and some feathers?

    • PvtCharlieSlate

      I kept thinking that Cantor reminded me of someone. Then I realized: he looks like Pajama Boy’s father.

      • AndrewInterrupted

        Yeah, he does!

  • r j p

    Is there a black republican who has held office that was that was actually a black republican at their end?

    The black republican is the “shooting star” that burns out eventually. They are lauded and piled with free publicity on the very aspirations of electing a black republican, Then they either get elected and fail to shine, become a Michael Steele type and end up writing for “The Root” or similar, or get caught with their zipper down too many times.

    I would have to guess that prostitutes gag to hold back the laughter when Juan Williams says he is a conservative commentator.

    • ElComadreja

      Too many fools on the right are looking for a “magic negro” to save them. They have a better chance of meeting the Easter Bunny.

  • IKUredux

    Fool’s errand. Hey! GOP, let me tell you something. WHITE people don’t even want to vote for you anymore. You guys stand for absolutely NOTHING. And, you are going to waste money on getting coloreds to vote for you? Are you nuts? The whole point of your party is that people fend for themselves, well, that implies that they have the natural ability to do so. Hello! We wouldn’t need affirmative action anymore, if that was the case. Negroes are inferior. They have always been inferior, and they always will be inferior. But, you slimy Republicans will go along with affirmative action that literally will kill people! And, let’s face it, the FAA is cool with lowering the standards of air traffic control people, because the majority of people who fly on planes are White. Kill us one way, or another. Doesn’t matter. By the way, you do know, that aviation will pretty much cease after we Whites are all GENOCIDED from the Earth.

    • Standup Broad

      You “get it”, and I “get it”. Unfortunately, most Whites don’t and it will be the death of our Race.

    • ElComadreja

      All human progress will stop at that point and don’t tell me about Asians. They’re imitators not innovators.

  • MekongDelta69

    The party has dedicated $60 million to wooing blacks.
    Like Ralph Kramden said in the Honeymooners, “I wouldn’t woo-woo you for anything.”

  • WR_the_realist

    This will work as well as Mark Zuckerberg spending $100 million to rescue Newark’s schools.

  • Bill E. BOBB

    it’s almost as if the GOP is paying to become democrats rather than convincing blaks to become republican.

    • ElComadreja

      Blacks and mestizos are the downfall of America.

  • John R

    GOP to recruit black voters? They need a new vice presidential nominee that will appeal to African Americans. Here’s a suggestion:

    • John R

      The new GOP vice presidential candidate:

  • John R

    The new GOP Vice Presidential candidate:

  • John R

    Like they said on an old Jay Leno skit: “What is the rarest mammal in the world?” Answer: “The black Republican.”
    Brother Brain

  • Some Guy

    Is this the black fambly values they are looking for?

    The mother of a 6-year-old girl and her boyfriend face charges after the girl allegedly brought heroin to her Philadelphia elementary school.

    • Katherine McChesney

      They have a relative named “Tamika Gore”.

      Maybe Al’s long lost cousin.

  • Peter Connor

    You are my kind of guy, conservative but to hell with the neocons.

  • Alfred the Great

    “Once the party of choice for blacks after slavery ended more than a century ago, the GOP says it now wants those votes back.”
    I am tired of that same old B.S. line above. The Republicans of the Civil War era were never the same as the Republicans of today. The two parties basically swapped in the ’50s and ’60s. Example, in the South, the Dixie-crats became Republicans.