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There are black Republicans. Just not many. But Jacksonville's Chelsi Henry, 24, feels embraced by the party, she told the Times' Tia Mitchell Tuesday in Tampa. "I happen to be an African-American, but that's not all of who I am," she said. Still, say Politico's John F. Harris and Maggie Haberman, both Obama and Romney are keenly conscious of how the nation’s partisan and ideological divides track closely with racial ones. Their strategies reflect this understanding. Race is proving more toxic as a subtext to the election than it did in 2008. And the subtext isn't always subtle. Have you WATCHED the 2016 trailer? Writes the Washington Post's Ezra Klein: This is where things get tricky. Romney’s welfare ads are not racist. But the evidence suggests that they work particularly well if the viewer is racist, or at least racially resentful. And these are the ads that are working so unexpectedly well that welfare is now the spine of Romney’s 2012 on-air message in the battleground states. Meanwhile, yesterday afternoon at the Forum, two convention attendees were thrown out after throwing nuts at a black CNN camerawoman, saying, "This is how we feed the animals." In a statement, the convention called their behavior "deplorable," "inexcusable" and "unacceptable."

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