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Trump Courts Black Voters: 'What Do You Have To Lose?'

Presidential nominee Donald Trump wants black voters to try something new by voting Republican in November.

"If African-American voters give Donald Trump a chance by giving me their vote, the result for them will be amazing," the GOP nominee said at a rally on Aug. 18 in Charlotte, North Carolina, reports ABC News.

“What do you have to lose by trying something new? I will fix it,” Trump said. "This means so much to me, and I will work as hard as I can to bring new opportunity to places in our country which have not known opportunity in a very long time."

Blacks have a long history of voting for the Democratic Party's candidate in presidential elections.

According to election polls compiled by Gallup, 95 percent of blacks voted for President Barack Obama in the 2012 election, and 99 percent did the same in 2008.

When former President George W. Bush, a Republican, won the election in 2004, he only secured 7 percent of black votes. His opponent, current Secretary of State John Kerry garnered 93 percent of the black vote. A similar result was seen in the 2000 election between George W. Bush and Al Gore.

Trump does not think the Democratic Party has supported black voters, nor does he believe Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton will.

“Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party have taken African-American votes totally for granted. Because the votes have been automatically there, there has been no reason for Democrats to produce,” Trump said at the rally, adding that Democrats have been doing a disservice to African-Americans, according to ABC News.

"Look at how badly things are going under decades of Democratic leadership," he said. "Look at the schools, look at the 58 percent of young African-Americans not working. It is time for change."

Trump vowed that as president he would work to change the lives of African-Americans.

"We are going to work closely with African-American parents and students in the inner cities -- and what a big difference that will make,” he said. “This means a lot to me, and it is going to be a top priority in a Trump administration."

Sources: ABC News, Gallup / Photo credit: Disney | ABC Television Group/Flickr

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