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Lessons from 'Mayor Pete's' South Bend racial crisis

When you're a small city mayor running for the Democratic presidential nomination, television news images of you getting yelled at by angry black constituents is not a good look.

That's because, among other reasons, black votes matter. A record high black turnout in 2012, for example, crucially helped to put President Barack Obama over the top in his reelection and a weak black turnout four years later helped to doom Hillary Clinton's bid.

With that in mind,

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