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He's Black, Republican and working to reelect Trump. It's not easy

DURHAM, N.C. - Immanuel Jarvis has spent most of his life in sales. Cellphones. Life insurance. Real estate.

He comes at it naturally, with a warm smile, clever wit and outgoing personality. He's hard not to like.

And yet Jarvis gets taunting emails, nasty phones calls, dirty looks. He recalls people standing so close he felt their hot breath on his face as they told him, "If I was your mother, I'd be ashamed of you for who you are."

Jarvis is a Republican. He is Black. And he's a staunch supporter of President Donald Trump.

After 3 1/2 incendiary years in office, the president is deeply loathed by many Black Americans. Polls suggest less than 10% of Black voters back his reelection and more than 7 in 10 of those surveyed not only disapprove of Trump's job performance but do so strongly.

Still, there are millions of Black Americans who will cast their ballots for the president in November, many enthusiastically. As chairman of the Durham County Republican Party, one of Jarvis' goals is to increase that number.

It may be the toughest sales job the 43-year-old has

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