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

"Meet the Press" host Chuck ToddCharles (Chuck) David ToddTrump has not contacted Pence since storming of Capitol: report Lawmakers mount pressure on Trump to leave office Jeffries: 'Trump may be in the Twitter penalty box, but he still has access to the nuclear codes' 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 BidenMissouri woman seen with Pelosi sign charged in connection with Capitol riots Facebook temporarily bans ads for weapons accessories following Capitol riots Sasse, in fiery op-ed, says QAnon is destroying GOP 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 ScottMcConnell says he's undecided on whether to vote to convict Trump McConnell won't reprise role as chief Trump defender GOP Sen. Tim Scott opposes impeaching Trump MORE (R-S.C.), who is seen as a potential 2024 presidential candidate, have all sought to boost President TrumpDonald TrumpFacebook temporarily bans ads for weapons accessories following Capitol riots Sasse, in fiery op-ed, says QAnon is destroying GOP Section 230 worked after the insurrection, but not before: How to regulate social media 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 RomneyImpeachment trial tests Trump's grip on Senate GOP 'Almost Heaven, West Virginia' — Joe Manchin and a 50-50 Senate The Hill's Morning Report - Biden asks Congress to expand largest relief response in U.S. history 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.