Race Debate Complicates Obama and Clinton's Fight for African-American Voters

With race making headlines, Obama had to ensure he maintained support from the key demographic.


Supporters cheer for Sen. Barack Obama at a rally in Houston.

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"If she were the nominee, she would have a significant problem with black voters in the general election," he said. "I think relatively few would vote for McCain. They would either stay home or, if they were going to vote, they would leave the Democratic side blank for the presidential race."

Davis disagreed, citing years of support for Democrats among black voters. "Black Americans will ultimately come back to the Democratic Party," he said.