In a recent interview on ABC’s “This Week,” Quentin Fulks, principal deputy campaign manager for President Joe Biden’s re-election campaign, addressed concerns about declining support among black voters. Fulks dismissed the notion that black voters are turning away from Biden, attributing the perceived dip to a sense of urgency among voters regarding the perceived threat posed by Republicans. He emphasized that both Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris are running for re-election to counteract this perceived threat.
Fulks asserted that no administration has done as much for the African American community as the Biden-Harris administration. Despite polling suggesting a waning enthusiasm among black voters, especially the younger demographic, Fulks argued that progress has been made in addressing concerns such as the racial wealth gap. He also highlighted efforts to prevent Republicans from undermining healthcare initiatives.
Recent polls have indicated a potential shift in support among black voters, with some expressing increased interest in former President Donald Trump, who is positioning himself as the GOP frontrunner for the 2024 election. Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-SC), a prominent black congressman and Biden supporter, has voiced concerns about black voter turnout and the challenge of breaking through the “MAGA wall” to connect with the community.
Fulks acknowledged the need to communicate the administration’s achievements to black voters and stressed ongoing efforts to reach out to the community. He mentioned significant advertising campaigns targeting African American voters and community organizing initiatives to convey that their support is not taken for granted. The campaign aims to earn the support of black voters by addressing their specific concerns and maintaining open communication throughout the electoral process.