How Black immigrants are reshaping the Black electorate

Peter Opara, 66, was born in Nigeria and moved to New York City in the ’70s when a young Donald J. Trump was starting to make a name for himself. Opara liked Trump’s outspoken style and business mindset.

“He’s not a politician, and he speaks his mind. Does things the way he believes [things] should be done,” said Opara, who describes himself as a moderate Republican. “Nigerians prefer strong leaders.”

In 2016, he voted for Trump for president. It was a surprising and unpopular choice among his family and friends, who are mostly Democrats.

As the U.S. 2020 election approaches, both Democrats and Republicans are stepping up their appeals to voters from different backgrounds, especially immigrant voters who could make a difference in battleground states.



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