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Dr. Ben Carson says job creation will lure black voters to Trump in 2016

Dr. Ben Carson will address the Republican National Convention in Cleveland tonight.

With a theme of "Make America Work Again," Carson is expected to talk about jobs.

American jobs. For Americans.

It's a big reason Carson, a retired pediatric neurosurgeon who is black, told on Monday he believes African-American voters will buck the historical trend of voting overwhelmingly for Democratic Party candidates and join Republican Donald J. Trump's tent in November's General Election.

"Minorities have for a long time, particularly in the African-American community, recognized for a long time that the Hillary Clintons of the world are just using them, but they don't feel they have any other alternative so they stay where they are comfortable." Carson told "(Trump) is going to be willing to go out unlike the Republican party in the past and talk to them."

But the hill Trump has to climb to accomplish that is almost unlike any other demographic in American politics.

In the last two elections, greater than 9 out of every 10 black voters favored President Barack Obama over his Republican opponent.

And, if you're inclined to think part of the reason for that is that Obama is the nation's first African-American president, think again.

Black voters preferred Secretary of State John Kerry 88-11 over incumbent President George W. Bush in 2004.

In each of the last 10 presidential races, election data shows blacks have voted at least 83 percent of time in favor of the Democratic candidate whether it was Jimmy Carter, Walter Mondale, Michael Dukakis or Bill Clinton.

It wasn't always that way.

Around World War II, voting preferences for blacks broke even between both parties.

But, a Washington Post article from last year revealed two major points in history when those lines began to drastically diverge.

First, when President Harry S. Truman, a Democrat, sought a host of Civil Rights initiatives in the late 1940s, including federal legislation banning the practice of lynching.

Then, in the wake of Democrat President John F. Kennedy's assassination in 1963, a proponent of a broader Civil Rights agenda, came the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.


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