GOP outreach takes RNC Chairman Reince Priebus to Brooklyn


by Chris Patterson

(CNN) -- Call it the last stop before the GOP's listening tour pulls into the station.

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus heads to New York City for what the RNC touts as "an African-American engagement and listening session with African American business, political and governmental leaders."

The RNC says Monday's session, being held at the Christian Cultural Center in Brooklyn, is the last of their listening sessions for their "Growth and Opportunity Project," which will be released next Monday, March 18. That project is a multi-tiered internal examination of the GOP and of how the party performed in last year's elections. The RNC ordered the review after the party failed to win back the White House or the Senate last November. While the GOP did lose eight seats to the Democrats in the House of Representatives, the party did keep control of the chamber.

The RNC tells CNN that the meetings have included what they say is everything the party needs to work on for the future, including technology, vote by mail, fundraising, and other campaign mechanics, as well as outreach to specific demographic groups in hopes of identifying more effective ways to attract minority and younger voters. According to national exit polls, 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney won 37% of voters under age 30, only 27% of the Latino vote and just 6% of African-American voters.

"As we've traveled the country the past few months, we've heard over and over that the Republican Party needs to welcome new voters into the fold by being inclusive and spending time and resources in communities across the country. Chairman Priebus is dedicated to doing what's necessary to become an inclusive, big tent party," says RNC Press Secretary Kirsten Kukowski.

The RNC will unveil their results of their examination at a breakfast at the National Press Club.


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