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Black Voters Come Out for Obama in Close Wisconsin Race

The president stumps in a city he won twice to boost one of the year's best Democratic hopes.
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MILWAUKEE — "The president was the only one who could get me out here," said Gloria Malone, a 50-year old home health care worker. "Before that, I was like: The hell with Mary Burke!"

Malone was pressed against more than 3300 people who'd come to Milwaukee's North Division High School to see Barack Obama make one of his few 2014 campaign trail stops. Like most of the crowd, she was African-American, and had backed the president every time he appeared on the ballot. She was well aware that less-unpopular surrogates, like First Lady Michelle Obama, had trekked to the state even though gubernatorial candidate Burke has avoided nationalizing her race.