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Last Updated Mar 27, 2017 10:18PM

A recent story in right-leaning Newsmax listing the 50 most influential African-American Republicans seems to put great importance on the relationship and level of support for President Donald Trump. That may be why Utah Republican Party Chairman James Evans is on the list and Rep. Mia Love is not. In fact, Love’s absence from the list is mystifying, given that she is the first black Republican woman ever elected to Congress and spoke at the 2012 Republican National Convention. But Love did not support Trump when he was running for …

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    Updated Mar 17 2017 01:02 am   |     |   Share


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