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  • America Votes

    Election news from across the Knight Ridder network and the Web

    Monday, February 02, 2004

    Sharpton vs. a candidate who could win 

    Many black Democrats face an intellectual quandary: Do they vote for a voice to force the conversation that Al Sharpton talks about or for somebody who can actually win the nomination and take on President Bush? And if they want a voice, should it be Sharpton, whose reputation as a civil rights leader is tainted by his controversial history and lingering accusations of race-baiting?

    While Sharpton is not taken seriously as a national candidate, the polls bear out that he is a formidable force in some places. One recent survey put him at 12 percent in South Carolina -- enough to be a factor in the race.

    posted by Ellen Dunkel at 11:17 AM



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