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President Biden’s re-election campaign is intensifying its outreach to African American voters in key battleground states, amidst signs of decreasing support from this historically Democratic group. A new advertising campaign is set to launch in Georgia and North Carolina, focusing on this demographic. This move follows a challenging period for Biden, highlighted by his likely Republican rival, former President Trump, gaining traction among African American voters. Political analysts and commentators have expressed concern over the dwindling enthusiasm for Biden among these voters.

The centerpiece of this campaign is an advertisement named “Compete,” featuring Patrick Brown, an African American farmer from North Carolina. Brown commends President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris for their efforts in supporting Black agricultural communities. He credits the Biden-Harris administration with providing essential resources such as land, broadband, capital, and infrastructure, allowing these communities to thrive. Brown emphasizes the significance of having a leadership that listens and enacts policies beneficial to his community.

Recent polling data underscores the urgency of this campaign. A CNN poll from the previous month shows a notable decline in African American support for Biden and Harris, with only 73% favoring Biden in the upcoming 2024 election compared to the overwhelming 92% in 2020. Trump’s support within this group has seen a significant increase, jumping from 8% in 2020 to 23%. A similar trend is observed in a New York Times poll, confirming these findings.

Reporters Maya King and Lisa Lerer from The New York Times have pointed out that African American voters are currently more detached from the Democratic Party than in recent decades. They attribute this to a perceived lack of action on key political priorities and disappointment with President Biden, whom they played a crucial role in electing.

Al Sharpton, an influential African American activist and MSNBC host, has voiced similar concerns. He emphasizes the need for Biden’s campaign to actively engage young African American voters and to build a robust grassroots movement.

Democratic strategists are also raising alarms about the party’s approach to African American voters. They suggest a shift in focus from solely racial issues to broader concerns, such as economic struggles and domestic policies. Marcurius Byrd, a South Carolina Democratic activist, highlights the evolving perspectives within the Black community. McKenzie Watson, a strategist advocating for people with disabilities, argues for prioritizing domestic challenges over international issues.

In response, Biden campaign manager Quentin Fulks asserts that the administration is making significant progress for African American and rural communities. He contrasts this with the “MAGA Republican” agenda, positioning a second term for Biden and Harris as a continuation of their work for these communities.