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Biden Campaign Puts Focus On Voter Turnout Amongst Black Men

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In this Sept. 23, 2020, file photo Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a Biden for President Black economic summit at Camp North End in Charlotte, N.C. The final stretch of a presidential campaign is typically a nonstop mix of travel, caffeine and adrenaline. But as the worst pandemic in a century bears down on the United States, Joe Biden is taking a lower key approach. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

Joe Biden’s campaign wants to increase voter turnout among Black men this November. Historically women have a higher voter turnout than men but in the African American community, the gap is largest. In 2016, 64% of eligible black women voted compared to 54% of black men. The campaign’s Clifton Addison is leading the effort.

“In less than 33 days the country will decide who will be our next president and what type of country it will be. With that being said Black men, especially in Florida, are critical voter block to the Democratic Party," said Addison. "And our participation will be critical in deciding who’s going to be the next president.”

The announcement came ahead of the campaign's first “virtual meet-up” event at 7 pm. Democratic Candidate for Senate District 35 and former state house member Shevrin Jones and Democratic National Party Vice President Michael Blake are expected to join.