Chuck Todd: Campaigns think 'Trump could overperform' with Black voters, 'concern' in Biden camp

"Meet the Press" host Chuck ToddCharles (Chuck) David ToddGOP divided over expected Cheney ouster Sunday shows - White House COVID-19 response coordinator says US is 'turning the corner' Hogan: GOP devolving into 'circular firing squad' with Cheney ouster MORE on Tuesday reported that both presidential campaigns have told him that "Donald Trump could overperform with African American men," adding that the possibility of the president overperforming with Black voters is a "concern" in former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenFauci says school should be open 'full blast' five days a week in the fall Overnight Defense: Military sexual assault reform bill has votes to pass in Senate l First active duty service member arrested over Jan. 6 riot l Israeli troops attack Gaza Strip Immigration experts say GOP senators questioned DHS secretary with misleading chart MORE's camp.

The reporting comes as the Republican National Convention has featured a number of high-profile Black speakers in the first two nights of the four-night event.

Former Heisman Trophy winner and NFL star Herschel Walker, congressional candidate Kim Klacik (R-Md.), Georgia General Assembly Democrat Vernon Jones and Sen. Tim ScottTimothy (Tim) Eugene ScottPolice reform talks hit familiar stumbling block Biden adds pressure to congressional talks with self-imposed deadlines Republicans can win back control in 2022 — if they don't 'cancel' themselves first MORE (R-S.C.), who is seen as a potential 2024 presidential candidate, have all sought to boost President TrumpDonald TrumpProject Veritas surveilled government officials to expose anti-Trump sentiments: report Cheney: Fox News has 'a particular obligation' to refute election fraud claims The Memo: What now for anti-Trump Republicans? MORE's reelection bid.


“Both campaigns tell me that there is a chance that Donald Trump could overperform with African American men,” Todd said. “It’s a concern of the Biden campaign and it’s a focus of the Trump campaign.”

"The president has been stoking racial tensions," Todd later argued. "They have been trying to do this, because they see this as a way back with suburban voters." 

Trump won 8 percent of the Black vote in 2016, a slight improvement over Republican nominee Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyImmigration experts say GOP senators questioned DHS secretary with misleading chart Top border officials defend Biden policies US Olympic Committee urges Congress not to boycott Games in China MORE's 6 percent in 2012. Trump also captured 29 percent of the Hispanic vote compared to Romney’s 27 percent.

A recent Pew Research poll shows Biden leading Trump among Black voters, 89 percent to 8 percent.

Trump regularly touted Black unemployment hitting its lowest percentage in history before the coronavirus pandemic hit in March. 

The Black unemployment rate was 5.8 percent in February 2020 but currently stands at 14.6 percent, with jobs numbers for August coming on Sept 5.