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As Democrats fight to maintain a grip on the U.S. Senate in the upcoming Midterm Elections, Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.) (pictured, right) went on the attack against the Republican Party, hitting leaders on issues of race relations in the hopes of spurring Black voter turnout.

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During a rally Thursday for New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Business Insider reports that the veteran lawmaker blasted the Republican Party for its racist views:

“We have to win,” the New York representative told the crowd. “We have to be able to send a national message with Andrew Cuomo. And the thing is: Everything we believe in — everything we believe in — they hate. They don’t disagree — they hate! They think if you didn’t come from Europe 30 years ago, you didn’t even make it. Some of them believe that slavery isn’t over and they and think they won the Civil War!”

On Nov. 4th, voters will decide which party will control the Senate during President Barack Obama’s remaining two years in office, along with determining control of more than 30 governor’s offices. The seats could be in jeopardy because the Democratic base traditionally tunes out politics in election years when there is no presidential race.

And the threat of a low turnout among Democratic voters has the party on the defensive. Rangel is on the campaign trail, arguing that he and his colleagues are doing “God’s work” on issues important to the American people.

“And so what we have to do is send a collective voice,” Rangel said, according to Business Insider. “Everything we’re doing is God’s work: education, health care, affordable housing, [protecting against] discrimination, paying people the minimum wage.”

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