Obama draws loudest applause at NAACP forum

DETROIT (AP) -- Presidential hopeful Barack Obama has drawn the strongest applause from attendees at the NAACP's annual convention, which heard from eight Democrats trying to win the White House.

Black voters are a core party constituency and the candidates are in a fierce struggle to capture their support. New York Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton is counting on the goodwill engendered by her husband during his presidency, while John Edwards has won praise for his anti-poverty effort.

Obama told the crowd in Detroit Thursday that despite "all the progress that has been made," blacks still "have more work to do."

At the forum, each candidate responded to five questions from NAACP delegates on topics including health care, gun violence and voting rights.

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