With images of civil rights, blacks urged to vote

ATLANTA (AP) - On the Sunday before Election Day, preachers told black churchgoers across the country to get out and vote - and defy predictions that they'll be complacent or uninterested in a year that President Barack Obama isn't on the ballot.

Democrats are struggling to hold on to large majorities in the House and Senate, and President Barack Obama is still working to put his agenda in place. Several voters said in interviews with The Associated Press that they planned to get to the polls, believing Obama needs more time to implement his plans.

The black electorate, one of the Democratic Party's most loyal constituencies, voted in record numbers to help elect the country's first African-American president in 2008. Democrats are hoping at least some of that enthusiasm hasn't faded.

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