Obama inspires black Republicans to switch parties

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Barack Obama isn't just inspiring black voters to register in large numbers, he's motivating some black Republicans to switch parties.

Florida, North Carolina and Louisiana each have tens of thousands more black Democrats registered. And there are hundreds to thousands of fewer black Republicans in the only three states that track voter registration by race and party.

Three other states -- Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina -- track voter registration by race, but voters don't register with parties. Each has seen large increases in black registration.

The biggest impact could be in Florida. President Bush carried the state by only 537 votes in 2000. Democrats believe the result would have been different if not for problems in largely black precincts.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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