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Black Republicans Make a Joyful Noise at Trailblazer Luncheon (Audio)

After two years of having to search far afield for inspirational minority leaders to honor, the Republican National Committee scored a hat trick Wednesday by celebrating the arrival in Washington of freshly elected Reps. Mia Love of Utah and Will Hurd of Texas, along with Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina.

The trio of groundbreaking lawmakers were feted at the third annual Black Republican Trailblazer Awards Luncheon hosted by the RNC. Staff estimated that some 300-odd attendees crowded in the Howard Theatre — a group that included one-time Washington Redskins wide receiver Antwaan Randle El and New York Jets owner Robert Wood Johnson IV — to commemorate the dual celebration of Black History Month and the party’s monumental gains in the last election cycle.

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