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Louisiana Senate contest embodies Democrats' task: win black voters
Louisiana Senate contest embodies Democrats' task: win black voters

Mary L. Landrieu is one of the most vulnerable Democrats in the U.S. Senate, and her chances of reelection this fall could come down to her ability to turn out African American voters like Barbara Brown. Standing outside Franklin Avenue Baptist Church in the crisp white suit that marks her as an usher, Brown pursed her lips at the mention of months of television ads that have already aired attacking Landrieu and her vote for the national healthcare law, which Brown sees as an unfair rebuke of President Obama. "Just disgusting — enough to make you sick to your stomach," Brown said. All that criticism of Landrieu for "standing on the president's side,"...

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