Ford Tries To Energize Black Vote in West Tennessee

Brownsville, Tenn. (AP) -- Democratic Senate Nominee Harold Ford Junior campaigned in his native West Tennessee Monday, trying to energize black voters who might not always vote in midterm elections.

Ford senior adviser Michael Powell said the campaign has identified 65,000 voters in Memphis who normally vote in Presidential elections, but not in off-years.

The Memphis Congressman started his day before a largely black audience at a restaurant in Brownsville, a small town about 50 miles northeast of Memphis.

Ford is trying to become only the sixth black senator in US history and the first black Senator elected from the south since the 1870s.

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