Trump fights for black votes to put him over the top in key battleground states

President Trump has made his outreach to black voters a core campaign feature this year, competing directly with Democratic nominee Joe Biden for a share of the electorate that could prove decisive in must-win battleground states.

The urgency with which the Trump campaign views the matter was evident during Thursday night’s presidential debate, when the president repeatedly outlined steps he had taken toward prison reform. He even launched his brief final statement with an appeal to black voters.

“Before the plague came in, just before, I was getting calls from people that were not normally people that would call me. They wanted to get together,” he said. “We had the
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