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2005-07-14 16:35:05

By John Rondy MILWAUKEE (Reuters) - The head of the Republican Party issued a sweeping apology to American blacks on Thursday for a decades-old practice of writing off their vote and using racial polarization to win elections. Republican Chairman Ken Mehlman said civil rights legislation pushed by Democratic President Lyndon Johnson in the 1960s solidified black support for that party for decades after that "and we Republicans did not effectively reach out." "Some Republicans gave up on...