Mason said she found that particularly enlightening.

Smith serves as moderator, editing comments to improve spelling and grammar, and filtering the remarks to make sure they are germane and not offensive.

The group’s verdict last week? All of the 35 or so participants said the president won handily.

Admittedly, Smith said, that’s about what you’d expect from people at a historically black school where many lean Democratic, reviewing the performance of the nation’s first African American president.

But tonight, who knows? It all depends, Smith said, on who shows up.

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