Last week, a white Republican won a local election in Houston, Texas by representing himself as an African American family man. Dave Wilson, an anti-gay activist with a reputed history of political hooliganism, sent direct mail pieces to a predominantly black voting district that implied he was African American and included the tag, "Please vote for our friend and neighbor Dave Wilson." Ultimately, Wilson knocked off 24-year incumbent Bruce Austin by less than 30 votes.
While the circumstances of that particular election are unique, politicians puposefully misleading minority voters is nothing new. During elections season, candidates running for office and political organizations can use ugly, sometimes laughably tasteless means of garnering votes. From evasive robo-calls to intimidating billboards, this is A History of Candidates Trying to Deceive Minority Voters.
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