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Much has been made this morning over Hillary Clinton's apparent failure to mobilize the African-American vote in Michigan. Is this a serious problem? Ben Smith doesn't think so:

In the background of the argument over race has been political strategy, and a glance at the demographics of the February 5 primaries is a reminder that while racial polarization could win South Carolina for Obama, he can't win as "the black candidate" on February 5.

Indeed, though African-Americans are an important minority in the coming Democratic primaries, they're outnumbered by Hispanic voters in the key state of California and others.

Also, check out Jay's Michigan analysis over at HorseRaceBlog.

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