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"There's A Perception That Black Americans Don't Vote For Republicans"

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Four empty lecterns.

They loomed large over tonight's Republican presidential debate at Morgan State University in Maryland, an historically black college, where four of the leading candidates for their party's presidential nomination were nowhere to be found.

Tavis Smiley, the talk show host and moderator of the event, drew some sharp responses from the candidates who showed up with his first question: "Please tell me and this audience, in your own words, why you chose to be here tonight and what you say to those who chose not to be here tonight."

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